“Water flows from high mountain sources. Water runs deep in the Earth. Miraculously, water comes to us and sustains all life” – Thich Nhat Hahn

About 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered in water, and the oceans hold about 97 percent of all the water on Earth.

About 60% of the average adult human body consists of water.

Water is essential to life and understandably it plays a role in world religions as is briefly summarised at  www.africanwater.org/religion.htm

Water features in Buddhist funerals where it is poured into a bowl placed before the monks and the dead body.  As it fills and pours over the edge, the monks recite  “As the rains fill the rivers and overflow into the ocean, so likewise may what is given here reach the departed.”

The search for any form of extra terrestrial life is focussed on water.  The fact that the Martian surface shows evidence of there having been rivers and lakes on the planet and the fact that water ice exists at the Martian poles and under its surface has caused great excitement among the scientific community on earth. And further afield after a 7 year trip of one billion miles NASA’s Cassini spacecraft photographed geysers spitting out ice crystals on Saturn’s tiny moon Enceladus.  This unlikely candidate, a tiny moon in the far reaches of our solar system, represents the best hope yet that we have of first finding some form of primitive organic life coming into existence outside the earth – and all because of water.

There is at present in Ireland some controversy surrounding the introduction of water meters and the proposal to charge for water.  There are strongly held views on both sides. One side argues that the provision of water should be provided for in the general taxation system. The other point of view is that the provision of a secure, safe and clean water supply does not come at a low price and that by having it metered people will be encouraged to conserve what is a scarce resource.

I believe the following points are important:

  • Water is essential to life and the provision of a public water supply should never be allowed to fall into the hands of private enterprise and big business.
  • There should be provision for a generous free allowance in any metered system – metering should be for the purpose of measuring, monitoring and discouraging waste but should not become a tax raising method.
  • It is unacceptable that purified water is used for flushing toilets , watering gardens and cleaning cars. In designing buildings we need to build in recovery systems so that rain and bathwater can be used for these routine purposes.
  • We all need to exercise more care in the use of water.  On this website http://wateruseitwisely.com/100-ways-to-conserve/ you will find nearly 200 ways in which we can help preserve this life sustaining resource.

Finally, we all have seends of goodness and seeds of selfishness within us. Let us try to water the good seeds and let them grow more vigourously than the others.

Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.” –  Lao Tzu

With metta

Tony

 

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