2010.01.27 David Blesing: Fresh water

Written by David Green.

Most of us have grown up with a plentiful water supply. All we had to do was turn on the faucet and there it was, all the water we needed, all we could want. Unfortunately, throughout our country, through our world, that is fast changing.

The next time you turn on a faucet let the water run a moment. Then put your hand into it, then touch it to your face, feel it on your skin, touch it to your tongue and taste it. Now ask yourself, “If this water were suddenly shut off and were not able to be turned on again, where would I go to find another source of fresh water such as this?”

Please think hard about this as there is no easy answer. Where would it come from? How much would it cost? Would it be as good as this water? Would I be able to let my children brush their teeth or shower with it? How long would it take? So many questions! Only one good answer: Protect what you have! All of you! It’s all there is!

So for those who are fortunate enough to live and work above and draw your fresh water from the Michindoh Sole Source Aquifer, please do you and me a favor.

– David L. Blesing

Chesterfield Township resident

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