U.N. World Water Day, 2014
March 20, 2014
Excerpted from: Grants Pass; OR (PRWEB)
To water advocate and researcher Sharon Kleyne, United Nations World Water Day is one of the most important days of the year.
The annual March 22 observance, says Kleyne, offers an opportunity to reflect on advances and setbacks in the ongoing global fresh water supply crisis, and to further educate the public about this critical issue.
Kleyne believes that fresh water supply should be the number one priority of nearly every government on Earth.
Sharon Kleyne is Founder of Bio-Logic Aqua Research, a fresh water, atmospheric and health research and product development center.
According to Kleyne, one of the most comprehensive and readable books about the global fresh water supply is Steven Solomon's classic, Water: the Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power and Civilization (Harper Collins 2009).
Kleyne first interviewed Solomon, in Rome at the time, on World Water Day 2010. On subsequent appearances, Solomon has offered updates.
In his book, Solomon describes water as "Earth's most indispensable resource." Fresh water, according to Solomon, is critical to human survival and economic development, and is more important than oil.
Fresh water wars remains an important factor in US politics, says Solomon. Imported water is critical to desert cities such as Phoenix, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
In recent years, Kleyne adds, Colorado has been having its own internal water shortages while California is in the mist of the worst drought in a century. In California, water allocation to farmers from the Central Valley Project and State Water Project have been greatly curtailed, forcing farmers in the nation’s number one agricultural state, to pump ground water for irrigation.
Kleyne noted that 1.6 billion people worldwide lack access to abundant and sanitary water (http://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/scarcity.shtml).
Ironically, she says, most Americans do not drink the recommended eight to ten glasses of water per day even where available and inexpensive.