Our Dwindling Water Supply

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Roslyn NewsThroughout the world, our water supply has been dwindling. The United States is seeing it most visibly in drought-ridden Northern California. There, water is still wasted as if it’s going out of style. The vintage industry uses endless amounts to grow the grape vines. The specialty food industry uses over 600 gallons of water just to grow one pound of processed nuts we call almonds. As a result, Lake San Antonio in Northern California is gone, and two others are at risk, with currently only around 20 percent left for usage.
What about Long Island? We have had much rain, yet our potable water supply is also going down the drain. Currently, our water is also being consumed by our many green golf courses, expansion of college campuses and the very wealthy new communities using whatever they want or decide they need.

Throughout the United States we have wasted and polluted millions
of gallons of water needed for fracking of natural gas. It has turned the air as well as the water in these areas into wastelands.

There are two questions we will need to face: Which habits and so-called necessities will we decide are not worth our water supply? When will we, the people, turn our dwindling water into a cherished resource that we use with care?
—Elaine Peters

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Joe Scotchie is the editor of both The Roslyn News and New Hyde Park Illustrated News. In 2009, he won a New York State Press Association award for a sports feature. Joseph Scotchie’s past publications include biographies of Thomas Wolfe and Richard Weaver and a comprehensive history of the city of Asheville, North Carolina.

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