WATER ON FIRE IN NORTH DAKOTA; WATER WITH LEAD IN FLINT & WATER SHORTAGE IN CALIFORNIA: IS DRINKING WATER THE NEXT OIL?

As a nation, Americans have generally enjoyed free and unrestricted access to clean drinking or potable water. However, that is changing: water is literally on fire in North Dakota , water is full of lead, not only in Flint, but, according to a CNBC report, the EPA says 41 states report problems with lead in water supplies. Of course, many people are already aware of water shortage in California.

Is water becoming the next oil in terms of its value as a commodity? Should the access to clean water be a fundamental human right? How did it get to this? Does the public and do our elected officials really understand what’s happening with water, nationally and globally?

Much of the water crisis in the United States is self-inflicted. For example, in 2005, the Bush Administration’s EPA exempted fracking from the Safe Drinking Water  Act .  The result of fracking has been a disaster for our water and land.  Further, there is no clear national strategy or water policy in the United States.

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When we value the worth of water will we begin to do something to protect it. Hopefully, before it’s too late.

According to a recent story in The Hill: The United States is on the verge of a national crisis that could mean the end of clean, cheap water.

What can you do?

Consider joining one or more of the many organizations who are proactively developing strategies, lobbying government officials and educating the public to find ways to mitigate the pending water crisis. Most noteable of these organizations are Clean Water Action and the Natural Resources Defense Council .

Not sure where to start? The National Environmental Services Center at West Virginia University has put together an extensive list of national and state specific organizations dedicated to water use issues and clean water policy.

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Love Your Mother: Earth Day at Ellwoods!

Join us Sunday, April 22nd to celebrate the one and only, Mother Earth with the 42nd year of Earth Day! In honor of our beautiful mother, we’re doing a few neat things to really make a mark. You’ll be able to bring your electronics to e-cycle, enjoy solar powered ice cream from Urban Grid‘s Sweet Solar Scoop and get your bike tuned and adjusted for free by Carytown Bicycle Company!  The outdoor activities are from 11-3:30 but the fun will continue in-store from open to close.

In addition to these events on Sunday, we’re discouraging the sale of ALL PLASTIC BOTTLED WATER by blocking off the ENTIRE section! Reach in if you dare! Learn the best alternative practices to drinking plastic bottled water.

What’s our reason? We’ve got plenty! Water bottles aren’t going anywhere and we all know that. Once a plastic bottle is made, it’s here to stay. What we do know is that when they’re not recycled, they create a large amount of waste. By not selling plastic bottled water for one day, we’re eliminating nearly 2000 plastic bottles from being thrown out. Last year, Americans used over 50 billion plastic water bottles, nearly 40 billion ended up in landfills. This is a crisis that we as consumers can easily stop. By simply following these basic rules, you as an individual can greatly reduce your impact and keep plastic out of our landfills.

1. Reuse: Reusable bottles are the best possible choice for water consumption. They greatly limit your waste and make a statement to others to do the same. The life of a stainless steel water bottle is nearly endless and can be cleaned and used over and over again.

2. Refill: You’ve purchased a bottle of water and now it’s all gone, but the thirst isn’t. Refill your bottle and use it again. Did you know we offer FREE water refills at the front of our store?

3. Recycle: You have an empty water bottle and are headed to the trash. STOP! If you’re truly done with the bottle and it’s at the end of it’s lifeline, make sure you take an extra second and don’t overlook a recycling station.