Water Crisis Hits The South of England, But It Won’t Stop There…..
Posted on July 19, 2005 by Anita Roddick
Last year when I published Troubled Water, my aim was, and still is, to bring the impending global water crisis to the forefront of people’s attention worldwide.
Having just picked up today’s copy of The Independent newspaper, splashed across the front page is a headline ‘Drought Alert: The 2005 Water Crisis’ and accompanying the article is a picture of a dried up reservoir in West Sussex, England – where once was water for about 60,000 people and now it’s just baked, cracked clay. It’s like a scene from the African continent.
The Independent’s environmental editor, Michael McCarthy, writes that we, in the South East of England are on the cusp of a drought. We’ve had the driest winter and spring in nearly 30 years and it’s feared that restrictions, and not just hosepipe bans, will be imposed on residents very shortly.
There are many simple ways that water can be saved, like turning the tap off whilst brushing your teeth, using water from washing vegetables for watering your plants, taking a shower instead of a bath, not flushing the toilet when merely taking a pee.
We, on a global basis, have to take this issue personally, and seriously. Read more about how the water crisis is affecting us all, and what we can do to help save this precious resource in Troubled Water.
Topic : Water Posted By : Anita Roddick Posted On : July 19, 2005
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Re : Water Crisis Hits The South of England, But It Won’t Stop There….. By Chris Jagger on July 19, 2005
I was saddened to pay a visit to the River Wey Namigation last week and to see that the water level is so low that they may have to close the canal.
This is sad, but what really made my blood boil was that someone living alongside the river had dug a huge ornimental lake and was filling it by breaching the bank to flood it from the river. The NT were informed and action taken.
I am lucky that I leave a very small footprint on the world as I live on a boat, recyle, don't use a car and eat local produce wherever possible. I would urge all people to try to reduce their footprint and be aware that this planet needs our support.
Thankyou Anita for bringing you own special sense to the subjects you cover.
"The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants." -- Albert Camus