Posted by Marcia Penner Freedman
The topic of water has been coming at me in many forms these last weeks.
- a stirred interest in water sources for the area’s rivers and streams (since my relocation to Davis)
- California’s new water conservation laws
- phantom sprinklers on my property, watering plants in a shut-down system
- an article about border patrol agents in Arizona destroying emergency water supplies in the desert
- a request by a neighbor for donations of water for the homeless
- an article about the water cycle and the origins of water on earth
- astounding statistics about our use of water (i.e. 5.7 billion gallons a year flushed down toilets in America)
- accidentally leaving a hose running for half an hour
When I think about the ubiquitousness of water I am reminded of something Charles Fishman wrote in his book The Big Thirst (p. 2): Water is the most familiar substance in our lives. It is also unquestionably the most important substance in our lives.
Over the next weeks I shall begin to look at water from this standpoint.