All the Water We Have
Imagine waking up one morning and having the first thought pass through your mind be whether or not you have enough water to bath with that day. Imagine if you can, a life where you have to ration out sips of water no matter how swollen your tongue may be from dehydration and thirst. For a third time, Imagine within that same world, having to look at your family and explain to them why there isn’t enough food in the house, or how unprecedented drought has created a shortage of quality food. It’s a bleak future to think about, but a reality we will one day have to face if we don’t start thinking about what we do with our water. A reality that even a coastal region like South Carolina can suffer according to the U.S. Draught Monitor (http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?SC).
Although Columbia may be unaffected at the moment, some surrounding areas in South Carolina have not been so lucky. Although the effects were mild in nature, they should be enough to cause concern and motivate action in reducing the amount of water we use. If these issues are left to worsen, the CDC lists issues such as disease, lack of quality foods, lack of air quality and economic turmoil could ensue (http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/drought/ ). If your home is your castle, then think of your community as your kingdom. You have the power to protect it through conservation.