The need to conserve water — for industries and consumers

I want to thank Rotary Club of Galena for the Jo Daviess County Roundtable meeting on March 21, 2012. This was an extremely well-presented event. Water hydrology, quality and quantity, aquifers, pollution sources, climate change, strategies and enforcement of laws and regulations were some of the topics.

These topics have redefined my life these last four years.

Credible speakers warning us that our water supplies are deteriorating, water rates will continue to rise, conserve by reusing gray water, and even if you are living in a municipality — prepare to invest in reverse osmosis instead of marble countertops.

It’s a better use of your money.

This came from Laura Curvey from the U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory. This woman’s words were worth the price of the registration fee. I would pay it again just to listen to her. She gave advice based on her experience living in Third World countries whose water supplies were damaged or non-existent.

I respect a woman who found a way to live on 2 gallons of water a day with her conservation habits. If she could do it, so can we. Right?

Then, speaker Denton Brown appeared to be concerned about the water, but for different reasons. He wanted everyone to be educated about how to deal with polluted water or less water so there would be enough for the big industries to locate here because other areas in our country are running out of water.

It was a swell day.

Susan Turner
Warren, Ill.

From the March 28-April 3, 2012, issue

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