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AHS Professor Fleischmann 11 December 2013 Lack of water sustainability has become an immense problem for the world. Along with global warming, water will be the hottest environmental topic in the future due to the fact that it is the basis of all life forms. Water will become an exclusive and expensive commodity due to its increasing scarcity. The causes of this scarcity include water depletion, water pollution, eutrophication, and ocean acidification. Humans must start to address these issues if they want to continue living on a habitable planet because if they do not, there will not be enough water to sustain life on Earth. The issue with increasing water use is that it is occurring both on an individual and an industrial level. People have become much more wasteful with their individual water use. They are usually uneducated about the inner workings of water, which leads them to be oblivious. One example of this ignorance can be found in home car washes. When people wash their cars in their driveways, they use around 80-140 gallons of water as opposed to 30-45 gallons at an actual car wash (Hadhazy). Although this does not seem like an immense amount of water, it builds up over time. Another personal use of water that has greatly affected water depletion is the swimming pool. Pools lose around 1000 gallons of water to evaporation monthly (Hadhazy). This is a large amount of water that is simply wasted. Water is also lost to leaks in swimming pools. Personal use of water has an influential impact on water depletion because even though each action alone does not hurt our water source significantly, numerous individuals partake in these wasteful methods. On the industrial level, water is also wasted in significant amounts.
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  • Fall '13
  • Fleischmann
  • Sewage treatment, Harmful chemicals

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