COVID-19, or the new coronavirus disease, is affecting our nation and world in ways few saw coming. Between school and workplace closings, mandatory lockdowns in some places, a panicked run on grocery stores, and the burden on hospitals which are not equipped with enough supplies to help everyone who will need it, the coronavirus is showing us just how vulnerable we are.
But with climate chaos nipping at our heels, coronavirus might just be the first of new viruses, or prehistoric ones, coming at us. Pair that with major threats to our water sources, like fracking, and it becomes clear we need to act now to protect our future.
We Need Running Water To Combat Coronavirus
Without running water for everyone, fighting the new coronavirus disease is impossible. Food & Water Watch demands a national ban on water shutoffs and a national plan to restore water service for all people. Our leaders need to make sure water is turned back on in households where it’s been shut off for non-payment. Without water, people can not wash their hands to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
Coronavirus is showing our nation the importance of universal access to water. Decades of federal underinvestment in water infrastructure has caused a water affordability crisis in our country. Let this moment prove the critical urgency of revamping our water systems. Congress should pass the Water Affordability, Transparency, Equity and Reliability (WATER) Act, dedicating $35 billion a year to help repair drinking water and sewage systems, while also creating almost 1 million jobs. It is a crucial step to proactively improve our water infrastructure and make access universal.
Now is the moment to call for federal action. As we mark World Water Day, an annual holiday to focus on the importance of freshwater, please call on Congress to ensure every person in our country has safe water.
Fracking Threatens Our Water Supply
It turns out, fracking is even more of a water hog than many realized, even those of us critical of it from the beginning. A Duke study showed that not only was fracking sucking up more water than the industry told us, but that much of it was forever unusable and untreatable afterward.
The study found:
There has been no practice of water treatment that returns this water to usable condition for humans — and at this scale, one can reason that unless fracking is stopped, it’s on pace to destroy U.S. water sources.
Add this on top of the fact that fracking and fossil fuels are partially responsible for climate change, and we can see that fracking is one of humanity’s number one enemies that must be stopped.
Nearly Every Future Climate Change Headline Will Trace Back To Water
Warmer air holds more water than cooler air. As our planet warms, so changes our water cycles. Wildfires, supercharged hurricanes, flooding, drought, agricultural anomalies, rising sea levels, emerging viruses — our survival in all of these areas hinges on how we are protecting our planet and the water that’s on it.
We must rewrite that water story for future generations — a story where the ones who came before them acted in time to preserve this precious resource.
We Must Stand Together To Fiercely Protect Our Water
Food & Water Watch and its members battle the corporations stealing water, polluting water, and causing climate change. We expose their playbook through our research and we organize community members to stop these predators. We’ve done this work for fifteen years, and shoulder to shoulder with you we will continue this work until our water is safe from these threats. Will you empower this crucial work by supporting the WATER Act?
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