Posts Tagged Water
Watch this: Sometimes a short video can get a message across much faster than a more lengthy article. Such is the case here where a crew from Spotlight CA investigates what happens when oil mixes with our water sources. Now that oil drilling is taking place right in the middle of fields where farming is actively taking place and massive amounts of water are used to extract fossil fuels, some of that same water is ending up as the irrigation source for various crops. What could go wrong?
Reporter Kiran Deol meets a “watchdog farmer, a maverick water scientist and a public health expert who are all taking action to ensure our safety.” As they investigate the situation, a farmer named Frantz asks “An orange is 90 percent water when it gets to the consumer … where did that water come from? It’s the irrigation water. If the irrigation water is toxic even at very tiny amounts, is there a tiny amount of toxicity now in the fruit? Nobody has tested that yet.” As the story says, we (and particularly the oil companies) could be doing a lot more to ensure the purity of the water, but they are simply not. I guess they don’t have to so they probably won’t until that changes.
We, the consumers, need to wake up and be diligently, maybe radically, active.
Read this: The link below, to an article in The Nation Magazine, by Michelle Chen, looks at the water crisis in the USA. We take too many things for granted, until they become unavailable or unaffordable and in the last 20 – 30 years water has entered that category. Making it worse, we have added an additional problem to it’s availability – it increasingly may be “unsafe”. Varying factors emphasizing the value of water should be everyday news headlines, but sadly they are not. Some of them follow here:
- “Failing septic systems”
- “Expanding and unabated groundwater pollution from synthetic fertilizers and pesticides contaminating local groundwater aquifers”
- “Service cuts as a ‘scandalous practice, heaved onto the backs of people too poor to pay the rising costs of fresh water'”
- “Drought ravaging farmlands”
- “Sagging infrastructures”
- “Intensifying weather disasters … threatening basic water and sanitation resources for the urban poor.”
There are many more examples and the specifics of the stories make you cringe, but don’t seem to motivate action on the part of our congressional representatives. In ” Lowndes County, AL … (with about) 5100 households, half have failing septic systems or none at all,” and children are “living and playing among raw sewage.” Just another example of inequality! Of course Climate Change is also a factor, ” looming over all the immediate water crises … were the intensifying global resource pressures tied to climate risk.” With the “corporate privatization of the water system. ‘Government permits the agricultural industry to shift the burden to pay for its pollution to the people least able to afford it,”” and they simply cannot. “Detroit’s austerity (program) created a humanitarian crisis. Tens of thousands of residents had their water services cut in February of 2014, amid the city’s economic collapse.” This seems to be a basic humanity dilemma, not expected in the USA and Human rights groups such as “US Human Rights Network” are speaking out, even going to the United Nations, attempting to shame the US into action. But, the urgency of this water crisis doesn’t seem to take root. Congress and the media don’t mention it. You have to search Google to find any real coverage.
Read the entire article below and support efforts to ensure water is a reliable human right that should be protected by the US government (damn the corporations) and be an example worldwide.
|California Water||Read this: “About 20 percent of the groundwater that Californians rely on to keep their taps flowing carries high concentrations of contaminants like arsenic, uranium, and nitrate.” How’s that for a shocker? A “ten-year US Geological Survey study of 11,000 public-water wells across the state” The findings were not reassuring as “naturally occurring trace elements like arsenic, manganese, and uranium turned up at high levels much more commonly than did agriculture-related chemicals like nitrate.” As you would expect, different areas within California have different problems, but high readings of chemicals such as these are very disturbing. Read this short article by Tom Philpott of Mother Jones to get more details.http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2015/07/california-groundwater-not-just-vanishing-also-widely-contaminated|