Water’s everywhere, right? Actually, it’s not. Sure, it’s in your coffee, and the salad you ate for lunch. You may have just given some to your dog and somewhere, someone is using it to put out a fire, scrub for surgery, clean a wound. It may have even just carried something delicate off in your bathroom pipes.
The problem is, when it’s gone, you can’t use the toilet water to wash your wounds or run to the ocean for a drink. If it gets dirty or germy you have to clean it. If it runs over on someone else’s property (or under it) you have to ask them to share it.
Some of us are lucky. It looks like we have plenty of water. But that can change, because water is moving, always and forever, and we can’t stop it. It courses, it runs downhill, it secretly and silently moves under the ground and marches to an ocean near you. It slips right up into the sky while we’re not looking and disappears into thin air. It may or may not come back. It’s fickle like that.
No one can live without water, so we have to pay attention to it.
Like everyone, I have a relationship with water. In addition to all my earthly needs for it, during my own life I’ve fished in it, swum in it, used it to paint my paintings, studied it, measured it, fallen into it, teased out its chemical makeup, picked and plucked organisms from it, and somewhere, along the way, I fell in love with it. I love it so much now I want everyone to know about it. I want to advocate for water and I’m starting here, with this site, this research and this book. I hope you will follow me as we explore examples of how people are “getting it right” and “getting to water.”