Water is one of the most important natural resources we need, but it is also a resource we have misused and wasted. To better understand the growing importance of water conservation, let’s look at a few facts.
First, the average adult human body is 50-65% water, averaging around 57-60%. The percentage of water in infants is much higher, typically around 75-78% water, dropping to 65% by one year of age. To remain healthy, we must replenish the water we lose through sweat, tears, urine, etc. We need drinkable water supplies in abundance.
Second, the Earth has a finite amount of water. The water we have now is all we get, it is recycled over and over. The water cycle can help understand why this is.
Solar energy evaporates water from the ocean, lakes and rivers. Millions of litres of water rise into the atmosphere as an invisible gas – water vapour. This process is called evaporation.
As the water vapour is pushed over the land by winds and rises over mountains, the water vapour cools and turns back into tiny water droplets, forming clouds. The droplets joining together is termed condensation. These droplets fall to earth as rain (precipitation).
The rain runs into streams and rivers, which eventually flow into lakes or the sea and the cycle begins all over again.
Third, water is required for our food. It grows our fruits and vegetable and it is consumed by cattle.
Fourth, water is necessary for plant life which is necessary to keep us healthy. Plants re-oxygenate the air. Plants are used to make medications. Trees are used for housing, paper, and so much more.
The above are just a few tidbits to help explain why Ri Industries is so committed to water conservation efforts. To learn how our products can help with conservation, call us at 08 8444 8100.