Water is the basis and essence of all life. And yet, its value is often overlooked or taken for granted. We turn on the faucet or do laundry or flush the commode almost automatically, with little appreciation for this important and necessary resource flowing through the pipes. We simply expect it to be there when we need it.
And yet, for many small-town and rural residents all over Indiana, that supply of clean water is being threatened. Failing septic systems and aging, deteriorating infrastructure (both wastewater and drinking water) are compromising our continued connection to dependable supplies of what all living things need most: safe, clean water.
There is no new water on planet earth. Instead, the water we have is perpetually recycled. Therefore, how we treat our water today has a direct effect not only on ourselves, but also on the health and wellbeing of our fellow Hoosiers for generations to come.
In Drop by Drop: Protecting Indiana’s Water Supply, we’ll unlock the mysteries of where our water comes from, and where it goes once it disappears down the drain. And, we’ll witness real-life stories of the challenges people face – and overcome – in their efforts to bring clean water to their communities.