I didn't realize that today is World Water Day, but the American Chemistry Council shared the news, taking the opportunity to tout the benefits of chlorine chemistry. The news release cites a report that I've seen before, but it's worth featuring:
The American Water Works Association stated in a 2003 report that some 2.2 trillion gallons of water are lost annually in the U.S., primarily as a result of pipe corrosion leaks and breaks.It's amazing that we waste this much water. It's such a precious resource. But many municipalities, and taxpayers, treat it like it is basically worthless. Conservatively, though, 2.2 trillion gallons, at the average U.S. municipal cost of $1.50 per 1,000 gallons, works out to $3.3 billion in water wasted annually. And just imagine what it would be worth if we could save it all, package it in PET and sell it for $1 per bottle out of a vending machine!