From: Mark and Melissa Martin
My wife and I grew up in central Illinois in an area with limited water. We grew up with city water wells that were condemned by the state due to contamination. We then received our water from a water treatment plant from a chemical plant – until that was stopped due to the repeated benzene spills. Now our hometown receives its water from a pipeline from the nearest aquifer approximately 60 miles away.
I am amazed at the lack of concern about clean, fresh water. Having had to haul water for personal use and livestock use in the past, you develop a real appreciation for it. We see a lack of concern for water in the frac sand and hydraulic frac industry; there are chemical spills in West Virginia that affected 300,000 people; we are having the worst drought in history in California; and the entire State of Nebraska was against the Keystone Xcel pipeline until it was routed around their major aquifer.
We are not making any more water on this planet; it just changes from one form to another, i.e. ice, snow, salt water, etc. It is time we look at water for what it is, one of our most precious resources. I cannot live on sand, oil, or natural gas; but humans cannot live more than a few days without clean, fresh water. It is time we put clean water ahead of anything else when decisions are made for future use. We really must protect our water at all costs.