“Water is the driving force of all nature.” Leonardo da Vinci.
Water. The most important liquid on the Earth. Water is essential for life. Water is the major constituent of almost all life forms. Most animals and plants contain more than 60% water by volume. Without water life would probably never have developed on our planet. We are looking for it in the space, on Mars, on comets. But first of all we should protect the water resources we have on the Earth to secure our survival. Millions of people in the world suffer due to lack of quality water and we cannot say that this is only problem of third world countries. Water is a commodity of the future. Currently it is the most underestimated commodity, I think, especially in the developed countries. We don’t value it enough. You probably know you should drink 8 to 10 glasses of this life-giving liquid per day. Ask yourself, how many times did you drink the tap water in the last week? I don’t mean tea, or coffee, but pure, fresh, tap water. Once, maybe twice. But this is not about quantity. The quality of water is more important indicator we should measure. Quality of water is not a problem in Slovakia. Taste can be different, depends on the location of water resource and on the degree of chlorination. But there is no need to have doubts about quality. Someone could argue back: I only drink bottled water. This is ridiculous. Look where we live. Look around us. OK, it is not paradise, but I would like to point out, that in Slovakia we have by far one of the cleanest water in Europe. By far. We have the biggest drinking-water reservoir in central Europe – Rye Island, Slovakia is known as the superpower, respecting the number of mineral water sources – approximately 1300 – 1500. Bottled water is fine, but fortunately, we are not entirely dependent on bottled water like many other countries, in Europe as well. Bottled pure water, flavoured bottled water and so on, it is only business. Import bottled water from Croatia, for example? There is no point for Slovakia going down that road. In addition, the plastic bottles pollute the environment. We have to protect our water. We have to be clever in treatment of water resources. It can be very important for us in the future.
I think that the most important challenge is to solve the problem how to protect the water resources. Because water is not as exhaustible as for example coal or oil. But once we damage the water source, it is very difficult to recover it. A number of forces continue to seriously affect our natural water resources. Many of these are primarily the result of human actions and include ecosystem and landscape changes, sedimentation, pollution, over-abstraction and climate change. This is a serious international challenge in which EU should play an active role. Here you can find some documents related to the water policy in EU: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/water/index_en.htm.
So now go to the kitchen, enjoy your glass of water and be thankful for this golden liquid.