Water Conservation May Help Struggling Great Lakes System

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Over two thirds of the surface of our planet is covered in water of some type, so it might only be natural to be skeptical whenever you hear someone discussing the idea of water conservation, or how important it is to save water whenever possible. After all, if there is that much water readily available to us, what’s the point in being stingy? The catch, however, is that the great majority of the water covering the Earth is not potable, not drinkable, to humans as it is. Because of this, whenever a large water supply containing potable water is rendered ineffective, it can be a tremendous blow to the residents of surrounding areas that are typically serviced by said source.

Due to recent events, the hot topic concerning nearly all things concerning water supplies, from availability to quality of the water, have been centered around the Northern Ohio area. Last week, some four hundred thousand residents of Toledo were left without drinking water when an Algae Bloom in Lake Erie and surrounding and attached waterways rendered large portions of the water undrinkable for humans as massive quantities of algae released toxins into the water that could have severe gastrointestinal effects on anyone who consumes the tainted water. Now, Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins is encouraging residents to conserve water, citing lowered water usage as a viable strategy in allowing treatment plants to catch up with grossly out of control algae population in a push to prevent further contamination from becoming a problem- and reducing the contamination currently present in the system.

Just one day after the “do not drink” ban was lifted from the city, the mayor has encouraged residents to take short showers and to refrain from irrigating their lawn, citing water conservation as a way to fortify the water system from further assaults from the algae, as well as giving the city’s treatment system more time to neutralize the algae. As less water is used it will decrease the rate of flow as the water travels through the city treatment system on its way to the taps of Toledo residents, giving the water treatment solutions more time to handle the algae and associated threats, leaving the water safer for Toledo residents.

As of this moment, water conservation is not compulsory, but city officials are urging residents to voluntarily reduce their water usage, Mayor Collins stating “I don’t want to go through this again, so I have to take a step of prevention in order to get a pound of cure.”

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