Opinion: The Future of Water In Colorado

Outlet: Grand Junction Free Press

October 14, 2011

Only 3% of the world’s water is fresh. All life depends on fresh water, a basic necessity. Water supplies are fed by high mountain streams surging with energy-giving life to the natural environment. As streams flow into rivers and lakes, the water warms and supports even more life in a great cycle of interconnection and mutual dependence. Freshwater makes life flourish on planet earth. Worldwide, 70% of all water consumption is for agriculture while 20% is destined for industry and 10% for domestic consumption. In industrialized nations, however, as much as 80% of available water goes to industry. As population grows, so do demands for freshwater supplies, tripling in the last 50 years. While 17% of the world’s population lacks access to fresh drinking water, here in the U.S. unlimited fresh domestic water is cheap at around a dollar per day…

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