A challenge on World Water Day.

How often do we think about the networks that exist to get drinking water to our homes? Extraction and collection infrastructure, water treatment facilities, kilometres of pipes and countless storage tanks exist to get potable water to us. Physical infrastructure aside, there are thousands of water company employees working to ensure that the water we drink is safe and available to us on demand. Supporting all of this, systems and processes, safeguards, business models, mission statements, and customer liaison.

What many of us don’t realise is that water supply in many areas is under strain. The amount of water we use is almost as much as the amount we can create, and in some areas use exceeds what we create. Many people don’t often think of water as something that needs to be created, but it is, at least in terms of creating drinkable water out of that collected from the natural environment.

My challenge to you: next time you turn on a tap, think about the infrastructure that sits behind this amazing resource. Ask yourself, given the time and energy that was required to create it, are you using it responsibility? Find out whether your local water supply is at capacity and, if so, what you can do to ensure you’re not taking more than your share.