Target: Ryan Zinke, the United States’ Secretary of the Interior
Goal: Decrease the amount of water wasted in the United States by creating and enforcing tougher water regulation laws and policies nationwide.
Fresh water is a dwindling resource worldwide, with aquifers nearly everywhere being steadily drained, and more and more clean water becoming polluted and contaminated as human enterprise encroaches on the natural world. Add to these facts the ever-worsening effects of climate change, which alter precipitation cycles and cause droughts to intensify and last longer, and the task of providing fresh water to billions of people becomes extremely daunting.
The United States is one of the world’s top consumers of fresh water, and is also the country that creates the most solid waste worldwide. At the intersection of these two factors — resource consumption and wastage — it has been found by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and The Washington Post that Americans squander about 1 trillion gallons of water annually, equivalent to nearly 40 million swimming pools.
According to the EPA, much of these 1 trillion gallons are wasted through (1) faulty manufacturing and plumbing — specifically leaking pipes or damaged water distribution systems found throughout residential and industrial infrastructure — and (2) personal misuse and apathy — the fact that many Americans do little to nothing about wrecked valves or broken sprinkler systems, for example, found throughout their homes and businesses.
The only way to preserve enough fresh water to maintain our current agricultural and economic systems, and to pass on our standards of living to future generations, is to enact policies which protect and conserve water on all levels of its use. Sign the petition below to demand improved water-saving standards.
Dear Secretary Zinke,
Please pressure your government and regulating bodies to create and enforce tougher water regulation laws and policies, preferably with a nationwide scope and both personal and corporate application. Ideally, such measures would be both far-reaching and effective in such a way that no individual or entity could escape responsibility for the waste of fresh, clean water — a precious and dwindling resource.
Fresh water is vital to all aspects of our lives, as without it we would have no standard of health, no economy, no infrastructure and no agriculture — ultimately no country.
There are numerous ways in which fresh water can be conserved, much of this conservation relying on the manufacturing of higher-quality piping and better maintenance of water distribution systems throughout residential and business sectors. Such policies must be enacted and enforced nationwide, and standards of water preservation must be raised, in order to maintain the kind of quality of life we wish to pass on to future generations.
[Your Name Here]
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