For the last 43 years, April 22nd has been a reminder of the intricacies of the planet we live on, and the delicate balancing of our ecosystem. Water is the most common, the most fundamental and the most necessary resource for life. There are over 326 million cubic miles of water on the earth, which includes oceans, rivers, streams, iceburgs, cloud formations or storms. The US alone uses hundreds of millions of gallons of fresh water daily.
Earlier today on the American Water College Facebook Page, we shared a link to an article highlighting the Google Doodle for Earth Day 2013. The LA Times article highlights the importance of clean, safe drinking and irrigation water: “This year’s Earth Day doodle has a serious side as well. It underscores one of the Earth’s most precious natural resources, and one that we in the United States may take for granted: fresh, clean, safe water. According to UNICEF, nearly 4,000 children die each day due to unsafe water and a lack of basic sanitation standards. Moreover, 783 million people worldwide do not have access to clean drinking water. The Earth Day 2013 Google Doodle captures the water cycle, documenting the ties among snow-capped mountains, icy lakes, evaporation and rain, and groundwater.”
In the US, our Water Treatment, Water Distribution, Wastewater Treatment and Wastewater Collections operators work around the clock to protect our water sources, provide clean water, whether to your tap or to the farmers irrigating their crops, and to prevent waterborne diseases caused by unsanitary water storage or conditions. At American Water College, we’re committed to ensuring these men and women have access to the training and continuing education they need to perform their jobs.