Water management and conservation practices key for the future

Climate change and conservation are always words that grab the attention of many. Whether used in a news report or simple conversation, they do have relevance depending on the context and shouldn’t be ignored.

In recent weeks, several articles have been published on the subject of climate change and its effects in 35-85 years. One in particular, a study from NASA, pinpoints a severe drought that will occur in the West during future years. It will differ from previous

droughts and will have a higher intensity, but the study suggests that it could be weakened with less carbon pollution.

The Guardian examined their studies in a recent article and suggests the water shortages will not only occur in the West but also the Midwest as well, which are major food producing states. With this type of water shortage, farming would be a difficult task.

While this study is projecting natural effects years ahead, it should raise some questions.

In the Southeast and Rutherford County particularly, how do you help in the effort to protect water resources for future years? In the same manner, what can you do to conserve energy and natural resources?

While the conditions in Rutherford County aren’t as severe as those in other areas and the area typically receives greater rainfall amounts annually, there should be an open approach among all to take an initiative in the area of conservation.

One of the first steps is education. Consolidated Utility District of Rutherford County offers a few tips on water education for the home and outdoors via our website.

After you understand the basic steps to conserve water in the home, you should pay attention to other practices to help conserve energy across the board. Water is dependent on other factors as well, and the overall landscape should not be ignored.

Be informed and be involved, advocacy goes a long way and it helps spread the word to others. Water management and conservation practices are key for the future, no matter how you look at the subject.