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Can We Afford Clean Water?

The profit motive is seemingly involved with a never-ending tug of war with environmental responsibility.

Does it really need to be this way? Why can’t we have profitable businesses and clean water as well? We must eventually find ways to produce the things we want and need while having a very minimal impact on the environment.

There are obviously many challenges and roadblocks that must be faced to have these two concepts working together. It’s definitely possible. Environmental groups know that it is. Businesses are becoming aware of this idea. You can see marketing campaigns reflecting this knowledge everywhere you look. Being “green” seems to have caught on in a big way.
phosphorus runoff pollution
However, it is not hard to conclude that this is a very superficial reaction for most companies to this green movement. It’s most likely just seen as just a fad by many.

I’d like to believe that real, positive change is on the way. It must be only a matter of time before everyone eventually realizes that making the choice to make your business as sustainable as possible, in relation to the environment, is the only way to guarantee longevity.

There are plenty of examples that can be shown to prove that we still have a long way to go. A recent one comes from a delay in water pollution rules near Green Bay. The Fox River, that carries water into Lake Michigan, is the subject of a recent water pollution debate. Last year, the Natural Resources Board approved of rules that would require local communities to decrease sediment runoff by 40% by 2013.

The main pollutant in this case is Phosphorus. It produces an algae that is harmful to fish, wildlife, and people swimming in affected waters. Although there are many different types of companies contributing to this problem, the agriculture industry accounts for 80%.

Opposition to this clean water ruling is certainly widespread. Understandably, anything that cuts into a business’ bottom line is something that any company wants to avoid. Governor Scott Walker is most likely acting on behalf of many industries in his attempt to delay this ruling by two years. Some claim that efforts to curtail runoff will cost as much as 3 to 4 billion dollars over ten years.

So apparently we are confronted with the same response from industries and the politicians that represent them – It’s too expensive to do the right thing. We simply can’t afford things like clean water.

Of course, the opposite is true. We can’t afford not to have clean water, air, land, etc.

How long will it take before our corporate and governmental leaders to realize that the right thing must be done at any cost. It’s either we make that decision or we might not have much to preserve in the not too distant future.

Dirty Coal Equals Dirty Water

It is common knowledge that coal power plants produce a very large amount of air pollution. This is no surprise as coal is the second largest source of energy for the U.S. What may not be widely known is that coal mining is yet another source of water pollution.

A recent example of this additional threat to our water supplies was discovered by the Sierra Club. The environmental group is suing ICG Hazard for dumping toxic amounts of selenium in rivers near a mine in Kentucky. Large amounts of this element can cause severe health problems in both the wildlife in rivers and people who get their drinking water from these sources.

Not surprisingly, a representative for the coal company claims that the company is discharging water within the restrictions of its permit.
iron runoff

What is blatantly obvious to the Sierra Club, or anyone who cares about the environment and health in general, is that companies like ICG Hazard simply do not care about the environmental repercussions of their actions. You can also easily make the case for the idea that the more money a company makes, the easier it is to get away with inexcusable actions.

What typically happens? The company gets sued. It easily pays the fees. Business continues as usual.

Coal, like many other non-renewable sources of energy, is something that we must discontinue using. Many organizations, like the Sierra Club, are fighting a battle that needs to be won if we are to expect to live in a habitable world in the future.

Hopefully, the large energy companies that currently have most of the power to make significant changes will begin to do so real soon. As they exhaust the sources of dirty coal, they will realize that they must make the switch to clean renewable energy if they expect to remain in the energy business.

It would be a win for them and a win for the environment.

Are you prepared for summer?

Well, it’s right around the corner. Many people are planning their summer activities and vacations right now with summer officially starting just a little more than a month away.

With most summer activities happening outdoors in increasingly warmer temperatures, water consumption drastically increases. This is a good thing because people, in general, should be drinking more water than they already do.

reusable water bottle

So how is this news? Well, it’s not really, except in regards to how people get their water. As more people drink larger amounts of water during the summer time, more bottled water is purchased. Many of these bottles do not get recycled and further adds to our growing waste problem.

A great solution to this problem is to bottle your water at home. A home water filter can provide you with all the water that you need. As summer activities bring you away from home, you can easily find reusable containers to take with you and fill up over and over again. In many ways this is more convenient than going to the store every time you need water.

Another benefit of a home water filter is that your drinking water costs do not go up over the summer time. On the other hand, you can easily spend much more than you usually do buying even more bottled water during the hot summer months.

So do yourself a favor financially and do your part to protect the environment by purchasing a home water filtration system. Aquasana water filtration systems are the best water filters on the market. Go to my aquasana coupon page for a 20% discount on this great system.

Choose the smarter way to get the clean water you need….. and get out there and enjoy summer!

The Continuing Debate About Bottled Water

It seems that bottled water can be added to the list of conveniences that people do not want taken away from them.

The latest example of this debate occurred in Concord, MA. You can read the full article here.

To sum up, there was a vote to ban the sale of single-serving bottles of water. It was close, but the ban failed.

This is not at all surprising. Not only is drinking bottled water not viewed as a luxury, it has become a very recognizable and seemingly necessary way of life for many people.

Along with bottled water, you can add smartphones and a plethora of many other gadgets to this list of an ever expanding group of things that people don’t really need.

Are they really making our live’s better? That’s debatable. What’s not debatable is the unspoken price of this stuff. Not everyone is aware or comfortable talking about the environmental costs of these things. This is the true cost, not the price that you paid.

As with anything else, the choice is ours.

The most important vote we can make is with our dollars. Choose to make environmentally sustainable purchases whenever possible.

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