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Monday, June 9, 2014
Pondering Water Shortages
I remember, almost as if it were yesterday, attending grade school in the US. Each Monday, we all received something called a "weekly reader". It was a few pages of news that the publisher thought might be of interest to American children. It was designed, I think, to give all of us an appetite for a newspaper in the years to come. In some classes, different children would be asked to read the articles aloud, thus improving the reading skills and vocabulary of us all. I still remember specific articles and predictions made by people who wrote for the weekly reader. Many times, the articles told us about innovations being developed, particularly in the United States. Then, the writer of that particular article would predict how soon it would be before such innovations made it to our own use. I can remember being seven, eight and nine, and believing every word of the weekly reader ! Of course, they did not foresee the internet per se, debit cards, or cell phones, although they did discuss a telephone with a screen, I suppose an early vision of what might now be described as Skype-like. I remember reading in one of their articles that there would be no traffic jams by 1984. "What a relief" I thought. Saturdays before Christmas were already pretty crowded in the town which housed our county seat. The article said that by 1984 we would all have cars that would work like hovercraft. These clean vehicles would be able to carefully fly over other vehicles when traffic jams occurred. I had some questions about how you might signal for something like that, but I learned pretty early that you don't ask too many questions of your teacher who might not be any sharper than the person who writes the weekly reader. There was one article in the weekly reader that has proven to be fairly accurate. The article spoke of water being in short supply in the future, and that the shortage of clean water could lead to illness and death. It seems that even on the planet with oceans on 70% of it, that only a few percent of the water is clean enough to drink at any one time. Sadly, a lot of nations on Earth are in places with poor access to any water at all. The weekly reader concluded that in the future, wars would be fought over water shortages. I don't think the writers of the weekly reader expected any of us to remember what they said. Many of the articles were either inaccurate, written with a progressive or highly liberal agenda or they had a less than accurate or overly simplistic conservation message.
It's taken forty years but one of the articles in the weekly reader has finally made a prediction that it appears will be fairly accurate. Weekly Reader..........One. It seems that a number of newspapers and magazines are writing stories in which they cite droughts in the Middle East, California, Africa, Brazil, Egypt and others. The news sources believe that water stress will be a cause for civil unrest, violence and ultimately war. In some places, they cite, drinkable water is already more expensive than oil.
The US is certainly not immune. In Colorado, for example, it is illegal to collect the water from your roof into gutters and downspouts and use it for any purpose on your home/farm. The government there needs every drop of rain to return and recharge the underground aquifer, and so they can sell farmers water shares.
As a person with an interest in preparedness, it makes sense to do whatever you can now to secure clean and abundant water. This might mean moving. it might mean drilling a supplemental well. It might mean the addition of a hand operated water pump in a secret location on your property. It might involve having your well tested for pathogens or contaminants. It might involve buying a British Berkefeld (Big Berkey) now. It might involve having a reverse osmosis water filtration system installed in your home. It could be that you may need to consider the installation of a solar assisted water pump. Whatever it is, please give access to clean water some thought at both your primary residence and your beta site, if you have one. Water is the most essential element we need for survival, and even the staff of the weekly reader knew this !
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