Paige North Carolina

The World Is In Your Hands

Water is limited and America is wasting it.

Dear Future President,

Water. There is water everywhere. According to USGS Water Science School, our bodies are about 65% water and the earth is about 71% water. Without water, there would be no life. There would be no me, there would be no you. This is why we need to conserve water, not only for America but, for other countries as well and teach the young population more about the importance of water.

Water is used for multiple things. It is used to water your lawn, to take showers, and is consumed daily. According to EPA WaterSense, the average family uses 400 gallons of water every day. Even a running toilet can waste 200 gallons each day. Water is very important but, if we keep wasting it we will have a limited water supply. According to The Catawba Riverkeeper “As of 2005, 170 mgd (millions of gallons per day) were pumped from the Catawba river to other river basins. By the year 2058, 458 mgd will go to other basins”. Eventually, the Catawba River will run out of the water. Therefore all the people that live in that region will have to find another water source to get all their water from. The only way we, future President, can help this situation is to conserve water and teach the new generation more about the importance of water.

There are many different ways to work on this issue. One way to raise awareness about water conservation is to create National Water Conservation Day. This day would be dedicated to teaching children and adults about water and it’s importance. This would help people realize the significance of water in our everyday lives. Some people may say that we already do have enough programs dedicating to helping people know more about water. However, a national day solely to teach Americans about water would help this cause greatly. For example, according to National Day Calendar, “Each year on November 15, millions of people across the United States take part in America Recycle Day.” This could happen the same way with water conservation. An important thing we need to do, future President is to educate the population and make Water Conservation Day a nationally recognized day, so people know more about water and can conserve it to achieve water conservation.

Another way to work on this issue is to limit the amount of water a household may consume. This limit would be based on the number of people living in the house and the lot size of the house. The limit would consist of a number of gallons a household can use each month. Some people may say it is their right to use as much water as they want. However, by 2025, 25 African countries will be water-stressed compared to 13 countries in 1995 according to African Studies Centre Leiden. Not only could conserving water help America it could support a more global cause.

In conclusion, the United States needs to conserve water, not only for America but, for other countries as well. In addition, teaching the young population more about the importance of water will help our future as a country. This is not just about America, this is a global concern. So, the next time you wash your hands, take a shower, or go to bathroom think about how precious and important this water is. Therefore, future President, are you just going to stand back and let people waste this important resource? Or are you going to develop programs to help Americans conserve water and educate the population on water conservation?



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