Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Samuel Taylor Coleridge

What the bible says

“Everyone who thirsts come to the waters” Isaiah 55:1

“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4.13 -14

“For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land flowing with streams, with springs and underground waters welling up in valleys and hills” Deut 8:7

“But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.” 2 Peter 3.5-6

The River of life. “Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse.” Revelations 22.1 – 2

Did you know?

Water is life. Human bodies are 75% water, 70% of the planet is made up of water, but only 2.5% of that is actually freshwater that we can use.

What’s the problem?

  • The world’s population is growing rapidly, putting more pressure on our water supply (demand for water is increasing)
  • The amount of water is effectively being reduced by pollution and contamination (supply of water is decreasing)

What’s the result? 2.5 billion people in the world still do not have access to safe sanitation and more than 1 in 6 people don’t have access to safe drinking water.
1 out of every 4 deaths under the age of five worldwide is due to a water-related disease. Nearly 80% of illnesses in developing countries are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions. Key habitats, animals, insects, plants and many other organisms that support our lifestyles are dying from the over-use and miss-use of this precious resource.

What can we do?

Living, as we do, in such a ‘wet’ country, it is hard to imagine the daily struggle for water elsewhere in the planet. But even in the UK we face critical water issues. Climate change is resulting in greater risks of floods and droughts, impacting on our homes and health. Water pollution and over use are denuding the water table and destroying water-related ecosystems and their flora and fauna. Water is precious. It is powerful. It is life giving. We need to respect it and look after it