Water, water, water

The summer weather has finally hit! And a collective “Hurrah!” goes up all over the Lower Mainland.  With “Junuary” over with and a heat wave in the making hitting us, there is little to no time to acclimate to the weather.

Yesterday, I found the heat to be somewhat bearable, a small miracle indeed.  It felt lovely to be able to get outside and be in the sunshine as we wandered around the weekly lfea market by my house.  Mind you, my hubby made sure I was greased up right proper with a 55 spf sunscreen. I wandered, and wandered around the stalls sipping away at my water. 

I was actually amazed at how much water I actually drank by the end of the day.  Usually I’m good for about 2 litres, maybe 3 if I really push it.  Yesterday I think I drank over 4 litres!  That’s at least a gallon for those of you who think and operate in imperial measurements.

With the hot weather, water becomes even more important for health, and staying hydrated is key to managing well during the summer.  I got to thinking about that and decided to look up some facts about water.   Here’s what I found.

1. Roughly 70 percent of an adult’s body is made up of water.  That’s a lot.
2. A healthy person can drink about three gallons (48 cups) of water per day.  [Good to know that I’m normal, at least that way (wink).]
3. The total amount of water in the body of an average adult is 37 litres; human brains are 75% water; human bones are 25% water; &  human blood is 83% water.  (with all that water I wonder why we don’t slosh while we walk)
4. A person can live about a month without food, but only about a week without water.
5.  Water regulates the temperature of the human body. (so when it’s hot out, drink it in copious amounts)

That’s just the health side of things. When I looked further I found some interesting trivia type things as well as some global issues regarding water.

 The earth is a closed system, similar to a terrarium, meaning that it rarely loses or gains extra matter. The same water that existed on the earth millions of years ago is still present today. think about that for a moment.  The water you use to wash you face with could be the very water that Jesus washed his face with.  Kinda wild if you think about it.

“There is no water in oxygen, no water in hydrogen: it comes bubbling fresh from the imagination of the living God, rushing from under the great white throne of the glacier. The very thought of it makes one gasp with an elemental joy no metaphysician can analyse. The water itself, that dances, and sings, and slakes the wonderful thirst–symbol and picture of that draught for which the woman of Samaria made her prayer to Jesus–this lovely thing itself, whose very wetness is a delight to every inch of the human body in its embrace–this live thing which, if I might, I would have running through my room, yea, babbling along my table–this water is its own self its own truth, and is therein a truth of God.”
George MacDonald

Somewhere between 70 and 75 percent of the earth’s surface is covered with water, yet only a very small percentage of it is fresh, drinkable water.  According to one site I visited, if all the world’s water could fit inside a 5 gallon jug, then the amount of fresh water available to drink amounts to about a tablespoon.

Now,couple that with the fact that  more than 2 billion people on earth do not have a safe supply of water. That shocks me, yet not. This is the reason for the adopt a child, or adopt a village programs that are out there.  People are dieing for lack of water.  Take look into some these programs and you’ll find that building wells, to provide safe, drinkable water is a huge priority.

Here are also a few facts about some of the household goings on that use a lot more water than you think.

– Two thirds of the water used in a home is used in the bathroom; to flush a toilet we use 7.5 to 26.5 litres (2 to 7 gallons) of water; in a five-minute shower we use 95 to 190 litres (25 to 50 gallons) of water. 

– To brush your teeth you use 7.5 litres (2 gallons) of water.  I’m assuming this is if you keep the tap running while you brush, so perhaps turning it off in between is a could habit to develop.

– For an automatic dishwasher 35 to 45 litres (9 to 12 gallons) of water is used. 

I’m not sure if these numbers surprise you or not but they made me wonder where I could make changes. These facts  make me very aware of how I use water personally and in my home.  How can I help preserve and share the water that I have access to?

More interesting facts about water can be found here.  http://www.ec.gc.ca/eau-water/default.asp?lang=En&n=51E3DE0C-1

Yes, it is the Canadian government’s site, but as Canada has a huge supply of water to take care of, I thought they may have some good info. I only took a cursory look at it and it looked like it could be intersting. Check it out and let me know.

So my friends, this is me asking you to be wise with your water.  Drink lots, but don’t waste it.  It is a very precious commodity.

“The water you kids were playing in, he said, had probably been to Africa and the North Pole. Genghis Khan or Saint Peter or even Jesus may have drunk it. Cleopatra might have bathed in it. Crazy Horse might have watered his pony with it. Sometimes water was liquid. Sometimes it was rock hard- ice. Sometimes it was soft- snow. Sometimes it was visible but weightless- clouds. And sometimes it was completely invisible- vapor- floating up into the the sky like the soals of dead people. There was nothing like water in the world, Jim said. It made the desert bloom but also turned rich bottomland into swamp. Without it we’d die, but it could also kill us, and that was why we loved it, even craved it, but also feared it. Never take water forgranted, Jim said. Always cherish it. Always beware of it.”
Jeannette Walls, Half Broke Horses

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