"Individual Water Conservation:The Key to Solving the Water Shortage Crisis"

Jenkins, Candice B. (2012) "Individual Water Conservation:The Key to Solving the Water Shortage Crisis". [Essay or Creative Nonfiction]

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      Due to skyrocketing population increases, climate change, and over-use of our planet’s freshwater supply, several regions across the globe are already experiencing water shortages. Shortage of this precious resource is expected everywhere, which will result in a serious crisis. While industry and business do contribute to this problem, solutions in changing their water habits are complicated and expensive. Fortunately, there are solutions that are simple, affordable, and effective. By looking at individual water consumption, one can see the amount of unnecessary waste through inefficiency. This inefficiency comes from water use in the outdoor landscape, indoor use through appliances and fixtures, and indirect use from lifestyle choices. Simple changes in these practices can save significant amounts of water. Despite the evidence, changing individual water consumption habits can be difficult for some. Examining attitudes and behaviors are a key to not only understanding the problem, but also in adopting conservation solutions. Through spreading awareness of the problem and setting an example through action, water conservation can and will become a responsible and sustainable way of life. Available freshwater sources can be saved through these solutions.

      Item Type: Essay or Creative Nonfiction
      Created by Student or Faculty: Student
      Additional Information: Winner of a Fort Lewis College Writing Award
      Subjects: School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Environmental Studies
      School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences > Writing Program
      Depositing User: Marie-Elise Wheatwind
      Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2012 20:29
      Last Modified: 26 Apr 2012 15:36
      URI: http://eprints.fortlewis.edu/id/eprint/50

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