Although I spent a couple days in Vegas for my spring break, the majority of my trip was allocated to adventuring in nature. And I have to say, two days in Vegas left me yearning for the beautiful desert and canyon lands just out of sight.
My next week was spent in the heart of the desert at Lake Mead National Recreation Area volunteering for the Parks Service. As expected it was hot and it was dry. The high for the day averaged between 88°F to 95°F while I was there and the entire area only averages about 6 inches of precipitation a year. With conditions like this, it became clear how important water is in the desert in terms of wildlife, plant and personal survival; and, with growing populations and drought conditions, water efficiency is now even more critical.
So you have to drink a lot of water? Got it. We did that by remaining vigilant. But most of the people we saw in the parks were geared with only a small plastic water bottle. Not only was this not smart as far as personal hydration goes but it also supports the unhealthy behavior of buying bottled water.
While at Zion National Park I ran across this fact: "You can refill an average reusable bottle with tap water once a day for 10 years, 5 months, and 21 days before it would cost as much as one quart of bottle water."
I thought I'd compile some other *fun* facts to hopefully convince you to be smart with your water consumption and also to not buy plastic!
- 3 liters of water is used to package 1 bottle of water.
- The energy used to manufacture bottled water can power 190,000 homes.
- A sprinkler or hose can use almost as much water in an hour as an average family of four uses in one day.
- Plastic is listed as the number one threat to our marine ecosystem.
- Roughly 1,500 plastic bottles end up as waste in landfills or thrown in the ocean every second.
- Much of the plastic thrown in the ocean ends up in the Pacific Garbage Patch which is roughly twice the size of Texas.