Water – the primary constituent of the human body (2/3 of your body weight, and 95% of your brain is water), is used by the body to lubricate, regulate temperature, remove toxins and, as 92% of your blood is water, it is vital in carrying nutrients and oxygen throughout your body. Seventy-five percent of Americans suffer from mild, chronic dehydration causing a variety of symptoms including fuzzy thinking, blurred vision of small things and type and the common midafternoon fatigue. If you suffer from any of these symptoms, try drinking more water!
The importance of water – in good quality and quantity is often undervalued. In addition to its significance to good health, it has a very high economic value. Water is used to extract energy and mineral resources from the earth, to refine petroleum and chemicals, to roll steel, mill paper and produce uncounted other goods. Water is largely used in food production and preparation, transportation and recreation.
According to a 2009 report by the US Geological Survey, 410 billion gallons of water per day are withdrawn from groundwater and surface water sources in the United States, with 80% of that amount being withdrawn from surface waters, 85% of that surface water amount was from fresh water sources.
This amount of water needs creates great hardship when water quantities are not adequate. The recent years of draught have had a chain effect on many sectors of our society. Water quantity conservation is important to ensure that all needs of our society and environment are met.
In addition water quality is important to our health, food and beverage manufacturing, wildlife and recreational needs such as swimming and fishing. Most of us are dependent on public drinking water sources which we are dependent on to actively monitor and treat water sources to insure its safety. To decrease the cost of water treatment we are actively investing more and more in source water protection.
As an active participant in improving water quality in Marion County, your Soil & Water Conservation District is providing information, technical assistance and in some areas, financial assistance to help landowners make changes on their land to improve surface and groundwater quality.
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