Into The Blue            

Many of the previous discussions through this blog have been all about protecting vital resources in the form of proper water management and consumption, and when it comes to your home, the easiest and best way to do so is through the proper usage, maintenance and utility of your home water supply system. We have worked alongside some of the most respected plumbing experts in the industry locally to try and figure out ways that we can pass along more valuable and useful information for our reader to be able to do this in a way that is visibly impactful and allows you the means to get the best out of your water usage. Ensuring that you don’t feel like you have to completely limit yourself in your water usage, but being able to use that water in a way that saves more for others, and allows everyone to see the benefits of being part of a collective water usage source.

We have had the opportunity and pleasure to sit down and discuss these goals with professionals from Del Campo Plumbing in order to figure out means in which we could relay the best and most effective ways of safeguarding our potable water supply while still ensuring that it doesn’t have a negative impact on your life. One of the biggest issues I know that we face when it comes to bringing this information to the general public, is the notion that things have been done for a certain way for so long that it has become the norm. The issue with that though, is that this norm is causing issues of it’s own, and the impact of it only seems to be felt or noticed when it effects those individuals in general.

Take California for instance, who are sadly going through a drought at the time of this writing. It is the home to some of the largest wineries in the world, and multiple farming areas. By using such an excessive amount of water, the impacts are starting to be felt. For instance, a single avocado, which are grown in the area, requires over one hundred gallons of water, for a fruit that you will sell for barely below two dollars. This seems like an awful imbalance, but people were gladly buying this produce, until the negative impact was felt. Now homes find themselves sunder boil water advisories, and other regions are force to ration water, because of this excessive use.

Our water is not an endless supply without putting in the preventative measures necessary to make sure that it’s a renewable source of nourishment. Small changes that we can make to our homes, through our professional plumbers, can begin to change the tide towards a more effective means of usage that will ensure that not only this generation, but future generations to come have access to the best and most useful of this resource, keeping us on track for healthy and safe living for more than just today.

The Value of Clean Water

It’s easy for some to think “it’s just water” without realizing how vital it is to our existence. After all, many of us have never had to deal with a shortage of clean water or face the threat of death from dehydration. To us, water is always a readily available substance and one of the cheapest natural resources out there. That makes it easy to take this luxury we have for granted. But it is always important to think of the ramifications of our actions. Fresh water is a much more limited resource than many believe.

It’s difficult to imagine how there can be a shortage of water when the Earth is more ocean than land, but there is a distinct difference between salt water and fresh water. Salt water is what we have in abundance. Fresh water is a significantly more limited resource. It is possible to turn salt water into fresh water for human use, but that requires a very energy intensive desalination process. This is what makes water conservation such an important practice for those in developed nations. We rarely think about how limited our supply of fresh water is until there is a drought or other natural disaster. It is only then that we can begin to fully appreciate the value of clean water.

When we talk about helping other nations gain reliable access to clean water and proper sewage management, it would not be right to completely gloss over our own abuse of our natural resources. It would be hypocritical to simultaneously lament the plight of those without plumbing and clean water while frivolously wasting our own.

That is why this post will discuss a few tips for improving water efficiency at home. We are not wholly safe from depleting our own reserves of clean water. If we are not careful, we will find ourselves with a water shortage despite our plumbing and mechanical systems.

  • Replace broken fixtures that are no longer working properly. It is easy and relatively inexpensive to install a new showerhead or faucet if you discover there is a leak or other issue that contributes to inefficient use of water. These replacements can often be done on your own, but you can also call a plumbing company for assistance.
  • Filling the bathtub typically consumes more water than taking a shower. Limit the number of bubble baths you take to save water. A quality waterfall or rain showerhead can often feel just as relaxing.
  • Immediately deal with any suspected leaks, whether it is within the pipes or one of your plumbing fixtures. While a drip here and there may not seem like something to be alarmed about, it can cause gallons of water waste per day and drive up your utility bills.
  • Make sure all taps are completely turned off when not in use.

Remember, just because you have it doesn’t mean it should be abused. Fresh water is a limited resource and should be treated as such.

A World Without Plumbing

Plumbing has a long history dating back much further than you would imagine. It was recognized very early on that access to clean water and improved sanitation were essential to better health, longer lives, and happier living. We have been working since then to further make our plumbing and mechanical systems more efficient and effective. However, there are still many around the world who do not have even the most basic sewage disposal or water treatment processes in place. This is a huge problem that affects the lives of many.

Imagine for a second that all your running water was gone – no more toilets, sinks, washing machines, or showers. That is only a small glimpse of what life is like for millions of other people around the world. It is hard for those who have grown accustomed to living with the convenience of modern plumbing to truly be able to understand how dire life can be without these existing infrastructure and technology. It is a problem that we have long not had to deal with. With the exception of areas hit by drought or a crisis such as that recently experienced by Flint, MI, most of us have virtually unlimited access to clean water for drinking, cooking, and hygiene on any given day. Our current issue is learning how to use that water more efficiently to reduce environmental impact.

Plumbing has improved our lives significantly in a number of ways that should not be overlooked:

  • Proper plumbing and sewage management has allowed us reduce the incidents of communicable diseases often spread through human waste. This is a major step forward in sanitation and hygiene. Our sewage system keeps the waste safely away from the clean water that we use for bathing, drinking, and cooking. We are then able to treat the water to make it usable once more to ensure that we constantly have a supply of clean, fresh water.
  • Access to clean running water makes other hygienic practices much easier as well. We are able to bathe regularly, and wash our hands as needed. This can also go a long way to preventing the spread of illness and disease.
  • Given the two former points, it cannot be denied that plumbing has played an integral role in protecting our health and increasing our life expectancy.
  • Plumbing gives us reliable access to clean water for our daily needs, while making sure that a large percentage of water used is cycled back through treatment to help us maintain a steady supply.

With that in mind, please value this precious natural resource that has been made readily available to you through centuries of human advancement and development. There are many out there who still do not have access to the most fundamental plumbing. For them, life is struggle that we cannot begin to relate to. Support the McMinis Project, and let’s help to improve lives for others around the world. Our knowledge and assistance can go a long way to saving millions.

The McMinis Project

Our organization is dedicated to helping developing nations implement proper plumbing and mechanical systems to support clean, healthy living. Our members travel around the world to assist in urban planning, construction, and education. We believe that a key aspect of improving quality of life and eradicating many common diseases and illnesses in third world countries is access to proper sewage disposal and clean water. Often there is a severe lack of both due to non-existent infrastructures. This leads many to drink, bathe, and cook with contaminated water that can host a wide range of bacteria and other harmful matter.

The members of our organization aim to deliver cost effective and efficient solutions to help governments around the world create and maintain basic working plumbing systems. We understand that for many developing countries, the expense as well as the lack of urban planning experience can be a great obstacle when it comes to putting in place the necessary infrastructures to achieve a higher standard of living for their population. We help raise money as well as send in qualified professionals to consult on any sewer planning project to ensure the results are effective and sustainable.

Those who are living in first world nations with convenient access to running water and sewage systems often take for granted the many ways in which it improves their lives and health. For many, a shortage of clean drinking water seems like a problem that they will likely never encounter outside of a natural disaster or other catastrophic emergency. But for many people around the world, this is a daily struggle that negatively impacts their health and way of life.

Contaminated drinking water has been linked to many outbreaks of illnesses in third world countries that we rarely encounter in developed nations in the modern day. These illnesses are often life threatening when combined with the lack of medical resources available in these areas. Epidemics caused by contaminated water are preventable with proper water treatment and education. That is much easier said than done, however. We understand that change cannot happen overnight. We work with governments and communities that are ready to introduce change and express a serious interest in creating and maintaining a long term solution. Without active effort, persistence, and dedication, these projects will not succeed. Plumbing and sewage systems require an extensive amount of upkeep. It is not something that can be implemented and then neglected with the expectation that it will continue to be effective. We do our best to make sure we provide the basic framework and education necessary for the success of our projects.

Keep checking our blog to find out about our various projects around the world and learn more about the crucial role of plumbing in facilitating a higher quality of life in developing nations. Together, we can help spread the standard of living we enjoy in first world countries to those who still struggle with the basic necessities of life, such as clean water, adequate sanitary conditions, and safety.