The earth is 70% water, yet, not everyone has access to clean water, and we’re continually polluting the clean water we do have.
“For a long time we’ve cultivated this idea that the ocean is a kind of waste swimming pool where we throw everything we don’t want. This needs to change,” said Jose Graziano da Silva, director-general of the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Our oceans aren’t sustainable managed, but they need to be. From over fishing, to pollution to climate change – our oceans need to be managed. We need to make sure they are sustainable, and that means, we need to stop treating them like a garbage dump.
We also need to think about how to clean and recycle water. Water is a necessity for life – and with the growing population in North Jersey, the few reservoirs there are, and what seems like the inevitable summer drought, we need to start thinking about how we’re all going to get water.
Interestingly enough, recycled water, yes, that means water treated at sewage plants and put back into the rivers, which then flow to the reservoirs, is at least a part of the solution.
Today effluent, as treated sewage water is called, is used in many places (including Disney Land) for irrigation, which happens to be one of the largest uses of water now that many of our indoor appliances are much more efficient.
To learn more about the process, and Northern NJ’s drinking water check out this article.