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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Water - The Basics of Every Life

Recently I went to a one day trip with Tourism Selangor and was taught on the importance of conserving water.

There is a general view that we have a lot of water around us in this world as the earth surface is covered with about 70% of water. However, most of the water is found in the oceans and is salty making it unsuitable for the livings consumption and usage. Fresh water makes up only 3% of the total water. Again, out of the 3% of freshwater, only 0.005% is available and usable since most of it is either flowing deep underground or or being locked up in polar ice. So, it's very important for us to realize that our source of freshwater is very limited and not always there for us. It is precious and irreplaceable.

Our most important source of water supply comes from rivers, reservoirs, streams and lakes. We usually use this water in our daily chores and needs such as washing, cooking, and drinking. Without water, many industries won't be able to operate especially agricultural industries. The fresh water swamps also act as important natural reservoirs while the mangrove trees help in preventing salt intrusion into these fresh water sources along our coastal areas. Despite these, the roots of the mangroves also act as nets to trap rubbish brought in during tides. Check it out here for more info.

Pollution as well as loss of parts of the wetlands are threatening our that LITTLE 0.005% of water. Again, high levels of chemicals are added into our water indirectly through the expending agricultural activities. To make the already bad situation worse, the untreated human waste is dumped directly into the water systems such as rivers in many countries. Thus, the quality and quantity of fresh water is further contaminated .

Knowing the facts on the importance and benefits we can gain from our precious wetlands, it is especially essential for us to take extreme conservation measures to preserve these resources for our present and future generations. Lets give a helping hand in making our Earth a better place to live in.


  1. What you say is so true.
    You have a lovely blog.

  2. Thanks silva! Everyone should conserve whatever the nature has given us.


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