The Dutch and their water
Dear ACCESS readers,
Whether a trickle or a torrent, where would we be without water? This issue takes a look at the water all around us, and what can be done with it. Everyday water is taken for granted, gushing from the tap, we cook, clean, bathe, wash, and waste this remarkable resource.
Water carries trade, supports human development, binds population centres and is critical for life, as we know it. Water washes away impurities and pollutants, is considered a sacred purifier in most religions, and is a primary building block for life. It carries nutrients to plants, is essential to agriculture and mankind in general. Ocean water makes up 97% of Planet Earth’s water supply, 2 % is frozen, and we get our water from the 1% that remains.
Water has the power to destroy as well as to create, and dramatically impacts our history. Without it, we would perish. Up to 60% of the human body is water: the brain is 70% water, and lungs are nearly 90% water. Each day humans must replace 2.4 litres of water, some through drinking and the rest taken by the body from the foods eaten.
Water is the only substance that exists as a gas, a liquid and a solid at normal Earth temperatures. H2O, chemically inert, tasteless, odourless and colourless, is neither acid nor alkali. Amazing!
Water is a wonderfully miraculous substance. So keep that in mind the next time you run the tap, take a sip, or you curse being caught in the rain. There is literally, no substitute.
We hope you will enjoy reading this issue, our ACCESS guides and the website!