ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- Rockland residents may not know it by just turning on the faucet, but around the world pressure is mounting on water resources. By 2050, the demand for water will be double the amount of fresh water available on Earth.
Today, more than 800 million people across the world lack access to clean drinking water, with even more suffering from shortcomings in proper sanitation, according to a recent World Health Organization report. Unsurprisingly, these problems also usher in hosts of harmful side effects, including a rise in disease and decrease in overall health, nutrition and education.
Although droughts and overconsumption have occasionally caused water in the developed world to run low, many Westerners don't realize the precarious state of its global supply. Often taken for granted, water touches nearly every aspect of modern life. In addition to being used for drinking, bathing and cleaning, water is vital to the global economy. From powering electrical grids to producing textiles, water plays a key role in driving society forward.
From produce and meat to processed goods, nearly every food requires water in some form. For example, the cotton used in clothing requires water to grow, as does the corn found in ethanol gasoline. Buildings made of concrete require enormous amounts of water during construction, and even computers and phones require hundreds of gallons of water during the production process.
Although the water crisis is a global problem, we can each take steps to alleviate stress in our own home. Washing machines, toilets and showerheads are often the biggest household water consumers, with inefficient models wasting trillions of gallons of water each year. That's why SUEZ is offering Rockland and Orange County customers rebates for replacing these outdated products for newer, more water-efficient fixtures through their residential and commercial conservation rebate program. Designed to help reduce consumption and save homeowners money, the rebates allow Rockland and Orange County residents to think blue and save green.
To learn more about Suez's rebates and how to help reduce water consumption in your home, visit SuezConserve.com.