Clean water is a natural resources that is essential to healthy living, economic prosperity and national security reports James Dean @ iHumanMedia.com.
Yet, the U.S. infrastructure grade is D+ very poor according to the American Civil Engineers. For example, a state like Tennessee offers adequate clean water resources but needs $5.2 Billion in system pipeline and infrastructure upgrades necessary to grow the economy by 2018.
iHumanMedia.com finds ‘Cleantech’ applications offer significant opportunities that total $35 Billion in U.S. consumer sales annually. Below, I recommend a stock investment pick in the clean water sector.
As the global population continues to grow, we’re finding an increasing strain, on clean drinkable water which makes up only 2.5% of total water resources on Earth. Another word, about 97.5% of the water found on Earth is not fit for human consumption, leaving just a small percentage available to sustain life. Ocean water desalination is one way to capture greater clean water resources, although its very expense. The rising cost of clean water has a big impact on food prices.
Overall, the United States needs $3.6 Trillion by 2020 in critical infrastructure upgrades in order to compete economically worldwide. This is a difficult fiscal challenge on-top of the $18 Trillion national debt and health care costs associated with 75 million baby-boomer including dementia – Alzheimer’s, diabetes and cancer medical issues.
Scientific research and satellite imaging by NASA shows by 2025, North America having depleted clean water reserves causing widespread shortfalls in most states. California is an early example with its 28% annual shortfall of clean water which has steadily deteriorated. So recycling water in plumbing systems and green construction is a home sales feature for real estate developers like Nashville Home Solutions.
What are the Solutions to our Clean Water Crisis?
Mobile app technologies like mWater can help alleviate the problem offering cost effectively map and manage of clean water resources says Mr. Dean. Most people associate clean water challenges with places like Africa and Asia; but increasingly we see clean water shortages and critical drinking water quality issues in developed countries such as the United States.
By 2025 with a global population of eight billion people, clean water becomes the most important natural resources which also has a big impact on sanitation and controlling the spread of diseases. Although, more than 70% of all clean water usage goes to agriculture i.e. growing food versus sanitation needs worldwide.
How to Invest in Clean Water.
I recommend researching for yourself sustainable returns in the ‘clean water’ sector says James Dean. The return-on-investment among clean water utility stocks is excellent, outpacing most other investments. The dividends offered by clean water stocks also provide a steady income alternative. One of my favorite stocks in this secure invest class is American Water adds Mr. Dean. It’s delivered a healthy profit for years with solid growth performance. Clean water stocks are a favorite among pension fund managers that control much of the stock market prices. The clean water investment sector is a great place to park your money in unstable market conditions like we’re experiencing over the next 18-months.
Wise Water Use
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American Water is constantly looking to ensure water is available for future generations. Part of our commitment includes helping our customers understand what they can do to help. We communicate with our customers in a variety of ways, through information in customer bills, in our newsletters, and here on the American Water website.
Making water conservation part of your daily routine will save both water and money every day.
Here are a few easy tips you can follow:
Outside your home:
- Water your lawn only when it needs it. An easy way to tell if your lawn needs water is to simply walk across the grass. If you leave footprints, it’s time to water.
- Make the most of your watering by watering in the early morning. As much as 30 percent of water can be lost to evaporation by watering during midday.
- Plan for fewer, deep-soaking waterings to encourage deep root growth and stronger turf.
- Set your lawn mower one notch higher to make your lawn more drought-tolerant.
- Use drip irrigation hoses to water plants, and water in the early morning or evening.
- Consider using porous pavement (gravel is a good example) instead of asphalt for driveways and walkways, the rain will soak into the soil instead of running off and contributing to erosion.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your sidewalk, driveway, or patio.
- Plant appropriately for your local climate. Check with local nurseries for non-invasive, drought-tolerant plants.
- Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter changes at all, you probably have a leak.
Inside your home:
- Run dishwashers and clothes washers only when they are full. If you have a water-saver cycle, use it.
- Adjust the water level of your clothes washer so it matches your load size.
- Regularly check your toilet, faucets, and pipes for leaks. American Water offers leak detection kits, which are available by clicking herefor a downloadable .pdf version. If you find a leak, have it fixed as soon as possible.
Leak Detection Kit (pdf)
- Consider water and energy-efficient appliances. The USEPA reports that EPA-certified Energy Star washing machines may use 35% less water per load. Water-saving shower heads, toilets and faucet aerators can also help cut your water usage.
- Insulate exposed water pipes with pre-slit foam insulation. You’ll enjoy hot water faster and avoid wasting water while it heats up.
- Keep a bottle of cold tap water in the refrigerator. You’ll avoid the cost and environmental impact of bottled water and you’ll have cold water available in the summer without running the faucet.
- Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or washing dishes in the sink.
At American Water, we are committed to conserving our most precious resource. With some small changes, you can be a part of this commitment while lowering your water bill.
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