Water and Soil Conservation

Water conservation should not be considered an option any longer. Current circumstances require our full attention if we hope to thrive as a civilization. If these statements sound dramatic, it is because much of the world is currently suffering due to a lack of clean water.

Statistics around the reveal that our fresh water supply is practically nonexistent. That is why it is so important to seek out, find and start using all the innovative water conservation solutions and methods that are available today.

Whether you live in Australia or China or the US, it is time to wake up and take responsiblity. It is easy to practice water conservation in the home, but there is more to be done. Our world needs help on a commercial level as well so that our waste can be controlled in such areas as agriculture and irrigation.

Water Conservation ideas are cropping up in exciting legislation. That’s why our participation in the voting process is so important. Let’s act now, so our kids will have a brighter, greener future.

Water and Soil Conservation / It’s on the rise…

The importance of the conservation of water is on the rise. And factors such as global warming and increased population are just a couple of elements that play a role. Luckily there are many things we, as citizens of the Earth, can do to help.

There are numerous water conservation devices available in many retail stores and online that are also affordable. These pages on water conservation are piece of the solution since they help to educate the public as well as offer solutions.

Water and Soil Conservation / Keeping An Eye Outside

Water and soil conservation efforts are related mostly to outdoor water use. Water dispensed outdoors is often left to seep into the ground for aquifers to filter and water tables to store. In many ways, both the volume and the content of absorbed water affect soil conservation efforts.

The volume of water that seeps into the ground has the potential to stimulate soil erosion. There is an increased risk of wind erosion when the ground absorbs too little water. On the other hand, too much can lead to water erosion. However, much of how water affects soil conservation lies in the widespread use of man-made chemicals and contaminants. When contaminated water seeps into the ground, both the soil’s quality and its chemistry are adversely affected.

Water and Soil Conservation / Contamination

The chemicals that are often the culprits in contaminating water and, inevitably, soil include pesticides, solvents, hydrocarbons, lead and a host of other heavy metals. When these and many other contaminants seep through the ground, they affect specific soil content that is needed to keep the soil healthy and can potentially cause a chain reaction that can affect all levels of the food chain. In addition, where crop and other plants cannot thrive, erosion is likely to happen.

Contaminated water also affects soil salinity which can eventually cause crop failure. Soil increases in salinity often because of over-irrigation where salts become deposited as byproducts of soil infiltration. Apart from this, water contamination can adversely affect the soil’s pH levels.
Water and Soil Conservation / Balance

Maintaining a certain pH level is important in making essential nutrients available in soil. Without favorable pH, nutrients are destroyed and soil can no longer accommodate crop and plant growth. Contaminated water also lowers soil quality in many other ways including the loss of microorganisms that are beneficial to plant growth.

The volume of water that seeps into the ground also affects soil mineralization. Generally, quantities large enough to create floodplains can be beneficial as these increase the mineral content of soil. However, when floodplains consist of contaminants, even in trace amounts, the effect on soil mineralization can be just the opposite.

There are numerous other concerns that involve water and soil protection but it is important to note that water conservation, especially in terms of reducing or eliminating pollution greatly reduces the risk of soil contamination.

Sources

http://www.epa.gov/OWOW/nps/MMGI/Chapter2/ch2-2f.html

http://www.epa.gov/nps/chap3.html
http://www.irrigationtutorials.com/faq/save-water.htm

For more information on the importance of water conservation follow these links:

Water Conservation Solutions

Water Conservation Statistics

Water Conservation Methods

Water Recycling

Australia Water Conservation Programs

Water Conservation in the Home

Water Conservation Kits

Gardening Water Conservation

Irrigation Water Conservation

Water Conservation For Kids

Water Conservation Devices

Water Conservation Technology

Outdoor Water Conservation

Water Conservation Ideas

Water Conservation Legislation

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