There are days we all need to curl up with a good book and some soothing music. That was exactly what I was doing this evening when all of a sudden I realized the air had changed. There was an odor that caught my attention. Taking a deep breath and letting my senses do their thing I realized what I smelled was water, and not the water from the lake. This was rain. Turning off the music I confirmed with my ears it was in fact raining, a nice steady downpour. I am so blessed to live where water is plentiful this year…. most years.
That blessing comes with a responsibility. A responsibility to not further harm those less fortunate. I’m sure you are curious what I mean by that.
Here’s the thing. My town has plenty of water, especially this summer. Sure not all tap water tastes fresh, but an inexpensive water filter will remedy that problem. There are communities, heck entire states, with drought conditions so severe plans are being put into place for communities to migrate from their homes, such as California, to other states.
No there isn’t anything we can do to change the weather patterns to help these people, but there is one we can do. Stop buying bottled water! I’ve already covered all the reasons why we shouldn’t drink bottled water from the natural resources used to produce the bottles to the health concerns from water quality to chemicals leeching from the bottles to the water.
Yet, have you considered where that water in those single use bottles comes from? I know the main bottlers are Coca Cola (Dasani) and PepsiCo (Aquafina) but where do you think those companies, and others, are drawing the water from?
That’s right one of the states hardest hit with drought. A state that hasn’t been able to provide its own citizens with enough water without supplementing from another state for generations. In this case, California imports water from Colorado. Then bottling companies in California siphon off the water reserves to sell it to the rest of the country. NOTE: In full disclosure I could not find information on whether any of this water was sold overseas.
Today, let’s do a good deed for another person or group of persons. Avoid buying bottled water, and spread the word on where bottled water comes from. Those of us who live in an area of plenitude, use what you have before using others resources.