Water – Our Most Vital Resource
Everyone’s Concern – Most of us do not think much about water, how safe and clean it is, but it should be everyone’s concern. We have mentioned in our other blogs about how individuals could take action and make their own water safer. But we also know
there is a bigger picture and much more information than space allows. What we will do in the next two blogs is point out some additional apprehension about the future but in closing on this subject we will offer a “re-thinking the water crisis”
First, let us look at a recent article: On September 20, 2016 the non-profit organization Environmental Working Group (EWG) published a paper titled ‘Erin Brockovich’ Carcinogen In Tap Water Of More Than 200 Million Americans. Most of us know who Erin Brockovich is from the stand she took against a power company that polluted the tap water in Hinkley, California. It was later made into a movie and now she is back to use her name and concern about what has been discovered in most everyone’s drinking water! One of her most famous lines was when she offered the lawyer a drink of water and says “ We had that water brought in ‘specially for you folks. Came from a well in Hinkley”. If you have not seen the movie or know the story, if may be worth your time.
It has been twenty-five year (25) since this real life confrontation but the issue, chromium-6, is not over. “A new EWG analysis of federal data from nationwide drinking water tests show that the compound contaminates water supplies for more than 200 million Americans in all 50 states.” The controversy remains and seems to be at a standstill as to why the cleanup has not occurred. Scientist and the industry remain locked in a decision. The scientist and advocates want regulations based strictly on the chemical’s health hazards while industry, political and economic interests want more relaxed rules based on cost and feasibility of cleanup. “If the industry challenge prevails it will also extend the Environmental Protection Agency’s record, since the 1996 landmark amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act, of failing to use its authority to set a national tap water safety standard for the previously unregulated chemical”. Studies by scientist continue to show that this toxin in our water is dangerous in numerous ways including cancer. The article is long and involved but can be read in full by going to www.ewgorg/research/chromium6-in-tap-water.
One last article that concerns water and our future to have a safe and clean supply is titled: The New “Water Barons”: Wall Street Mega-Banks are Buying up the World’s Water. The original source of this article is Market Oracle and written by Jo-Shing Yang an independent researcher and author. It was first published in December 21, 2012 by Market Oracle and Global Research.
The article warns of the new “water barons” – the Wall Street banks and elitist multibillionaires that are buying up water all over the world. These different individuals and companies are buying up thousands of acres of land with aquifers, lakes, water rights, water utilities and shares in water engineering and technology companies.
As if this is not enough to be of concern, governments are limiting citizens ability to become water self-sufficient. One case to note is the well-publicized issue of Gary Harrington in Oregon. His attempt to
collect rainwater in three ponds on his private land was criminalized and he was sentenced to 30 days in jail. A quote by Andrew Liveris, CEO of DOW Chemical Company said, “Water is the oil of the 21st Century.” (quoted in The Economist magazine, August 21, 2008)
Again, we remind you, these articles are very in-depth and we have only given a very basic introduction to the materials. If you find it something you also are concerned about please go to these articles and read in full. Our last blog on this subject will be a more positive theme of what might be done for all of us to have safe and clean water.
Overall preparation for what nature can throw at us is not that overwhelming but it does take a little effort. USI has a wealth of information, equipment and training for everyone about all forms of mitigation so visit our web site at www.usiusa.com and if you have a need feel free to call! USI understands that Survival isn’t learned from books but real world experience. This is just one area which makes Universal Survival Innovations unique in the world of training and equipment.
Author Ben Barr is a 30+ year SERE Specialist who has been a curriculum developer for the USAF Survival School, USAF Water Survival School, USAF Air Mobility Command, USMC and USN
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