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Letter: Many take for granted plentiful water supply

Many take for granted plentiful water supply

Water, the elixir of life. Plants and animals know that we cannot survive without water. I have lived without heat and electricity for a week but never water. Having gotten a call on the Saturday before Christmas Eve telling me that there was a water main break and to collect all the water I could, I did as instructed.

We were having a houseful of company the next day, which presented several problems. I put aside as much water as I could but it still wouldn’t be enough depending on the length of time it would take to fix it.

As I sat contemplating what I couldn’t do without water, I was amazed. I couldn’t take a shower, couldn’t wash dishes, couldn’t do laundry, couldn’t flush toilets, couldn’t water my plants, couldn’t wash my hands as often as I do during the day. Every time I went into my stash of water, I had to assure myself that this was a necessary usage.

Erie County Water Authority workers had this fixed by the next day, bless them, so my stint without water wasn’t a big deal, but it was a big eye-opener to me. We take so much for granted when we do all of the chores I mentioned by merely turning on a faucet. We let the water run, we waste more than we use and probably use more than we need.

It got me thinking about the areas around the world that were torn apart by storms and floods and months later still do not have running water. I cannot begin to imagine how they are managing on a day-to-day basis. I do know, though, that they too have to make decisions on how they use the water that is given to them and dole it out very carefully. My heart goes out to all of them.

We cannot live without water. It is vital to our existence. It has given me a new respect for the importance of water in our lives.

Lucille Wozniak

West Seneca

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