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Hello Thursday,

Yesterday was very gloomy and rainy here in Roanoke. Dan and I started out walking without any rain, but half way through our three mile walk it started to rain. Thank goodness we had brought our umbrellas and was able to finish our 3-mile walk. How is the weather where you are?

By polluting clear water with slime, you will never find good drinking water. Aeschylus

Since it’s been rainy here, I thought I would start with water and how it effects our environment. This week I have been focusing on our environment and how we can make a change.

Water also affects the environment in many ways. Water sustains life and plants and animals depend on its availability to develop and gain food. It also affects soil and can be detrimental through erosion. Water exists in various forms and can be present in liquid form, ice and vapors.

Water is essential to life and is as vital as the air we breathe. It is therefore a major cause for concern that rivers, seas, lakes and groundwater are becoming increasingly contaminated.

Take a course in good water and air; and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you. John Muir

The human body is composed of 70% water and nearly 3/4 of the Earth's surface is water, although only 2.5% of the total is fresh water (and a large part of that is in the form of ice in the Poles). Neither plants nor animals can live without water and people can survive much longer without food than they can without water.

Therefore, we should look after our water reserves as precious gems to be treasured, which is exactly what they are. If we contaminate them and make the water unsuitable for drinking, we'll be causing irreversible damage to both the ecosystem and ourselves.

Water is one of the most basic of all needs - we cannot live for more than a few days without it. And yet, most people take water for granted. We waste water needlessly and don't realize that clean water is a very limited resource. More than 1 billion people around the world have no access to safe, clean drinking water, and over 2.5 billion do not have adequate sanitation service. Over 2 million people die each year because of unsafe water - and most of them are children! Robert Alan Aurthur

Water may be polluted by an accumulation of household waste. This could be a buildup of waste swept along over time or large quantities of waste disposed at one time. Some objects such as cans and plastic bottles tend to float on the surface of the water, creating floating rubbish islands.

The pollution produced by sewage leaks contaminates water with bacteria and toxic elements. Not only does this render the water undrinkable, but it also damages soil and crops. Sewage plants are invaluable for two reasons: they prevent water pollution and are also able to recycle water.

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Another cause of water pollution is industrial tipping which can have truly devastating effects. Although tipping carries heavy penalties and is strictly regulated, the truth of the matter is that it has been a huge problem ever since the Industrial Revolution and continues to be so today.

River pollution is sometimes caused by a run-off of chemicals such as fertilizers, normally as a result of heavy rainfall.

Another catastrophic contribution to the pollution of our waters is spillages from huge tankers, as was the case with the Prestige oil spill on the Galician coast. In 2002, an oil tanker sank and polluted thousands of kilometres of coastline, causing great harm to local industries and the sea's ecosystem for many years.

On top of all this, water can also become contaminated naturally. It can also become contaminated by mineral and organic substances, from both the Earth's crust as well as the atmosphere.

Water is life's matter and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Until tomorrow, remember don’t forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.


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