|When I was growing up, water was an invisible resource, which is strange in a country where drought is so prevalent. We could be paying pounds to have wells bored out, scanning the horizon for just the right sort of cloud, or sniggering behind the back of our hand as the 'mad water diviner' tramped the paddocks with his stick. All this things, and yet raise hell if water was not free at a restaurant, or any shop.|
Now water is a commodity. People pay for it in plastic bottles, and it is their constant companion. There is a branch of law about water rights, and farmers join together to form water cooperatives. There are countries that are water generators, and other countries that are water beggars. When evidence of water was found on Mars, it made headlines as proof that 'life' could perhaps be sustained upon that red planet. Within the next century, I fully expect communities to go to war over water. Water security, and food security go hand in glove.
Water is a precious commodity, which also deserves our respect.
|This is my contribution to 'The Festival of the Solstice', the June Mid-month Theme over at City Daily Photo.|