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Friday, October 08, 2010

Growing Fresh Water Concern Prompts New Law

For those of us here in Los Estados Unidos, we've come to take fresh water for granted.  We water our lawns, spray our sidewalks, and even leave the shower running for 10 minutes to "let the water warm up."  In the past, no one had given this a second thought.  We are America after all, the richest and most powerful nation in the world © 1998, and if we want to squander the pittance of fresh water this planet gave us by cleaning our sidewalks, then god damn it, we are going to do it.  It's our birthright. 

But then, somewhat recently, people in this country started getting really concerned for those in the less affluent '3rd world' nations claiming they didn't have fresh water to drink.  The notion of water waste became a very hot topic issue here in the states, and groups like Unicef became the impoverished minority's biggest voice abroad.  Their work over the recent years has lead to a complete 180 in public opinion, leading to stricter water usage laws, conservation efforts, and more efficient technology in every home in America.  Until recently, our country's ability to adapt proved astounding as we crossed another item off the US Agenda "to do" list.  Diplomats?  Try WORLD SAVERS.  Cause that's what we are.

But it wasn't enough.  Somehow all that water vanished, so we here in America have had to cut back more and more to make sure those ailing nations have enough to go around.  Lawns are dieing, sidewalks are dryer than they have ever been.  And just yesterday, the US government took it one step further after Obama approved and signed the Natural Usage Law, effective November 1, 2010.

According to the new law, citizens in areas that get rainfall an average of 150 days or more per year are now required to shower outside-- while it's raining.  The Federal Department of Water and Power will be handling the matter as it passes instructions down to each local governing body in the coming weeks.  The rule would require city wide DWP stations to power down their water before a storm hits and leave them off until the last drop has fallen.  Though this won't affect most of the southern half of the United States, it has left many Seattle residents livid, and raises even more questions about Alaska and what snowfall means with this rule in place.

 Sally Dubois, of Spokane, WA (pictured left) met reporters on her first "trial run" earlier today.  "It seems pretty fun, for now.  But come see me in January.  I do like the idea of bathing with my clothes on though, cause then I get my clothes washed too.  Plus the men can't see my goodies while I wash."  More like decent-ies, but they understood what she meant.  And while many conservations are singing the praises of the law, it's clear there is still some gray area that needs addressing before it can ever be considered practical.

In any event, it marks a dramatic step forward in the US's dedication to the global cause.  With strides like these, those once-3rd-world countries may someday climb out of the gutter.

And then we're all screwed.

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