Monitor water usage

Published: Friday, January 17, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 17, 2003 at 1:09 a.m.

Reading the article (Jan. 15) about the summit for restoring the St. Johns River, I realize the nature of our water usage predicament.

Experts estimate that Floridians will "need" 9 billion gallons of water a day by 2020; therefore, we "need" a new source of drinking water.

Conservation and re-use are always touted as a major part of the solution in discussions of both oil and water consumption.

I am not a social scientist, but I do not think people will modify their behaviors of over-consumption until alternative sources are no longer offered.

It exasperates the problem that, in our society, water comes from a faucet, food from a grocery store, and wastes just disappear from our curbs and toilets.

We are so removed from what supports us and what can potentially kill us that we have no concept of our impacts as we leave the water running while brushing our teeth and washing our dishes.

I challenge us all to be aware of our actions and to monitor our consumption through our monthly utility bills.

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