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Impact of Water

With two third of the earth covered by water and the human body consisting of 75 percent of it, it is evidently clear that water is one of the prime element responsible for life on earth. Saint Leo University’s Department of Mathematics and Science organized a ceremony to sensitize people to the impact water has on the environment in society.

The ceremony took place on Mar. 9 at 6 pm in Lewis Hall on the second floor. The ceremony commenced with the introduction made by the speaker Chris Miller, professor of biology. He explained the importance of water in our society. As the world’s population is constantly growing, the demand of water increases each and every day. The luxuries of domestic uses of water have become a necessity to people in their homes and backyard, domestic water is characterized by its use inside and outside the home: Washing the dishes, cooking a meal, laundry, bathing, watering the lawn or garden, and other house activities.

According to Miller, human prosperity and prospects for survival depend on the amount and distribution of fresh, unpolluted water, even as he expressed concern that there is a steady growth in human population annually, with less available water. Water is life – and life on earth is linked to water. Humanity’s existence is dependent on water, or the lack of it, in many ways, and one could say that civilization is built on the use of water. According to Miller, the renewable resource (water) is central to survival of plants and animal life. Without water, biological organisms would be unable to complete basic physiological process that create and sustains the environment.

Contrary to the past, humanity’s recently developed technological society has become indifferent to this miracle of life. The world’s natural heritage (rivers, sea and oceans) has been exploited, mistreated and contaminated. The population decline of the marine and riparian life, in part due to the appearance of green algae in rivers and the stench and slime that comes as a result of putrefaction in the water, are clear signs of the depth and extent of disruption that has been caused to this intricate ecosystem.

In a summary, water is involved in all bodily functions: digestion. assimilation, respiration, maintenance temperature (homeostasis) integrity and the strength of all bodily structure. Today, the water is polluted with hundreds of toxins and impurities. Authorities only test for a small number of them. The human body, being primarily water, requires sufficient daily water replacement in order to function efficiently. Water treatments, that are aimed to render the drinking water bacteriologically safe, have been proven ineffective and the presence of certain pathogenic bacteria, like giardia and dysprosium recently found in Sydney water, is just one of the many examples.

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