America's Environmental Report Card: Are We Making the by Harvey Blatt

By Harvey Blatt

Whereas the data offered right here will not be "new news," lots of attention-grabbing proof are made on hand, together with the breakdown of water utilization within the united states An remarkable 41.2% of all water utilization is attributed to rest room flushing!!! additionally integrated within the water bankruptcy is a listing of artificial chemical compounds in our water provide, and from which industries they come.

Some very fascinating evidence are provided that are new information, at the very least to me; do you know that detrimental waste will be legally injected into the ground???

Easy to learn, simply comprehensible, with pie charts, a assured visible reduction!

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Ga. A. So. Holston Ft. C. C. 2 Diagram of the TVA water-control system built during the nation’s dam-building frenzy (Tennessee Valley Authority). 1. The reservoirs behind them fill up. As the stream behind them stops it drops its load of sediment, mud and sand. 5 and 1 percent of reservoir capacity each year. Many existing reservoirs are now useless, filled with mud. Recent data suggest that 20 percent of America’s reservoirs will function for less than 50 years and only half will function for 100 years.

Most women washed their hair only once a month (and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo). Only 14 percent of our homes had bathtubs. As late as 1950 only 29 percent of Americans bathed daily in the winter; in 1999 it was 75 percent. In many parts of rural America, bathing in the early 1900s was often more a seasonal than a daily affair. 5 Use of water in an average American home (American Water Works Association). 16 Chapter 1 workingmen might prefer to walk to a river for the privilege of cleanliness.

Almost all of the water reaches the plant; efficiencies with this method are more than 90 percent. Losses of water to evaporation and runoff are nearly eliminated. Water use is reduced by 30–70 percent and crop yields are increased by 20–90 percent over standard irrigation methods. 14 Chapter 1 But a drip irrigation system is expensive to install. Miles of pipes and tubes must be laid on the rows of plants, and the holes in the pipe through which the water drips onto the roots of the plant should be as close to the plant as possible.

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