A Gem of Water

I’m sure I was not the only one that shuddered at the latest news that California has about one year of water left. The data from NASA satellites indicates the Gold Coast has experienced the driest winter in history with no end in sight. Many of us can’t imagine water not coming out of our faucets (at least not in developed nations).

The Central Valley of California has already tapped much of the groundwater. One of America’s most verdant landscapes will soon resemble a dustbowl. Shockingly, the 12th largest city in the world, Sao Paolo, was recently without water for 4 days. Peoples’ lives were profoundly impacted by the “hydric collapse” and a community-oriented worldview was not readily embraced once trickling resources became available. More importantly, people were left to fetch for themselves because government agencies do not have measures in place nor reserves to support a needy metropolis. What happened in Sao Paolo can happen in any municipality around the world.

We can start rationing water, but is that really enough? I, like many others, enjoy and appreciate running water throughout the day. I have been conscious of how much water I use every time I turn on the faucet or use an appliance for some time. Are all our water supplies mindfully and sustainably maintained?

The East Coast has experienced an overwhelming amount of snow this winter and I wonder how much of the excess has been stored for future use. How might we transport some to our thirsty state?

It looks like water reuse is in our future. Bill Gates and Jimmy Fallon have stepped up and publicly consumed “poop water” in order to break down the psychological “yuck factor.” How many more opportunities will arise on the horizon to innovate new solutions and create new infrastructures that serve all?

Water rights are human rights.



Marlene Sinicki is a multidisciplinary designer that provides visual marketing and communications for companies and causes. She also creates eco art about climate change and sustainability. Her art, illustrations and storytelling celebrates the wisdom of nature and inspires hope and solutions for a positive future. By representing complex ecological issues in fresh, optimistic and vital new ways, she encourages us to care for the environment. Marlene promotes sustainable living within natural limits and reminds us that everyone can play a part in creating a world in harmony with Earths’ living systems.