Where Does Our Drinking Water Come From?

‘Dry’ Expert Sharon Kleyne Shares Drinking Water Facts. You Should Worry That Drinking Water Will Dry Up.

Many of us understand that we need to be drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water a day to supplement our body and eye water vapor, moisture that we lose to daily evaporation, but are we all clear about where this water comes from? That’s what water advocate and Water Life Science® educator, Sharon Kleyne, wants to know. “People look at an image of the earth, see all that beautiful blue and think we have lots of water! Unfortunately, almost all of it is unusable as drinking water.” Yes, Kleyne observes, 72% of the earth is covered in water, but more than 97% of it is the salt water in oceans and seas (and a few inland lakes). Another 2% is frozen water making icecaps and glaciers. Only 0.001% of the water is in the atmosphere. That gives us 1% of the planet’s water for everyone to drink. When you realize that the earth’s population is increasing steadily, week after week and that more of the planet is dry, you can begin to see the challenge facing all of us. Where will we get our drinking water?

Sharon Kleyne

“For the foreseeable future,” says Kleyne, founder of Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science® and host of the nationally syndicated radio program, The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, Global Climate Change and Your Health on VoiceAmerica sponsored by Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®, “we’ll continue to get our drinking water from two natural sources: groundwater and surface water.” Kleyne explains that ground water comes from snow or rain that seeps into the ground and settles in aquifers while surface water, also coming from snow and rain, fills up rivers, streams and lakes. But these numbers are cautionary. Kleyne wants you to consider, before your glasses and wells dry up, that groundwater accounts for only 0.62% of the world’s water; surface water 0.091%. We are operating on a razor-thin margin!

The safety of our drinking water is another stressful issue. Pollutants such as lead, bacteria and nitrates can get into our drinking water from the ground and air. Other elements such as irn, manganese and chloride can stain your sinks and cause bad odors and tastes, but they are at least not considered dangerous to your health. However, a recent United States Geologic Survey study of streams in 30 states found that 80% of the streams sampled contained at least one antibiotic, prescription drug, steroid or hormone contaminant. We already know that these elements harm the natural wildlife, but more study needs to be done to determine the ill effects of these elements o humans. It’s a safe bet that the results will not be good.

“So,” says Kleyne, “we have a lot of work to do if we’re going to avoid severe water shortages and water rationing in the near future. We must discover and develop new war technology that will lead to greater supplies of fresh, safe drinking water. Otherwise, we face a long, unhealthy, Dry future.”