Community Awareness of Water Management Issues

The issue on water management generally has a lot to do with how to allocate this most precious resource equitably. Given our continuously expanding global population, this has not been easy to achieve if recent observations are to be made as the basis.

There are actually a number of reasons effective water management is turning out as an impossible dream. For starters, conservation efforts all around the world focus on many different areas like the dwindling forest systems, the greenhouse issue, massive poverty, and many others. In all of these efforts, attempting to conserve water through efficient use is hardly given ample attention.

Additionally, there appears to be a misplaced sense of priority among the people living all across the planet. A good example of this was a recent study showing that some people were actually willing to spend money so about 200,000 species of birds could be saved from an oil spill disaster at sea but would not be willing to donate to a fund to provide shelter to 2000 birds in need of a home.

In another related aspect, some environmental groups tend to give premium to global issues like over-fishing and illegal farming practices without realizing that these problems are heavily connected to efforts at introducing an efficient water conservation program.

In this regard, Australian Treasury Secretary Ken Henry observed that in his country alone, the issue about the proper use of water resources has long been discussed. He said that the government has conducted extensive research on this subject with a view to finding a long-lasting solution.

Sadly, noted Henry, even as Australians have been made aware of a growing water problem in their midst, many have continued to make incorrect decisions and have relied more on intuition when it comes to saving water. This has made many government-initiated water management projects generally ineffective.

Speaking at a forum during the Weereewa festival held along Lake George, Henry said that people until now have yet to fully recognize just how serious the environmental problem is. This observation is now being linked to continuing researches indicating that from a psychological standpoint, man has not been successful in completely understanding the kind of danger that the entire planet is currently facing.

The researches further note that the mind appears to have difficulty assessing environmental issues when these are presented in terms of large numerical data. In order to appreciate these, the mind substitutes the data with a single representative image. This presents a problem as there is the tendency to see the problem as insignificant and affects only one specific person.

Given this, when it comes to an abstract concept like water management, the danger lies in the possibility that this will be viewed as a tiny component in the face of seemingly more pressing global issues. Given this, it becomes clear that the more urgent concern is how to make people become informed more accurately.

Indeed, more extensive awareness programs should be looked into if any conservation plans like a comprehensive water management project is to succeed. This is not something falling entirely on the shoulders of those in power. Every individual should find time to share his thoughts on how to address the many diverse issues that the world is currently facing.