Quick! And without stopping to think: Do you know how many water faucets you have in your house?
I had to stop and think. And there were more than I thought before I mentally counted them. Five sink faucets. Such a wealth of water. What about outside faucets? (Do you ever drink from your hose in the midst of gardening on a hot day like I do?)
Consider: You feel thirst . . . And with the twist of a wrist, you effortlessly turn on a faucet. The water flows out of the faucet and runs down the drain interrupted briefly by a cup . . .
. . . or a mouth. Do you remember using your kitchen or a bathroom sink faucet as a drinking fountain doing as a kid? Letting the screen door slam behind you as you run out of the glare of a hot summer day into the sudden dark and cool of the house, to the immediate gratification of your open mouth under a running faucet.
We’re that easily hydrated. And we often have the luxury of drinking until we’re satiated.
A long cool drink of water is something many of us have been able to take for granted all of our lives. Something that is not true for many people in other parts of the world. And despite being surrounded by the Great Lakes, this has not been true for the last two years for some American citizens among us–the Michigan residents living in Flint.
If you’ve been following the story in the news, you, too, may find yourself feeling gratitude, as I have, when turning on a faucet on these days.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 22nd is World Water Day 2016, a day first celebrated in 1993 and observed internationally. This is a good week to think about from where the water coming out of your faucet originates.
Do you know where your drinking water comes from?
If you don’t know, enter the question “Where does [insert your city’s name] city water come from?” into your browser’s search field. This may take you to your city’s website or supply you with other hits that get you to the answer faster.
I live in a suburb of Detroit. The water I drink comes from the Detroit River–one of the waterways of the Great Lakes Basin–through the intakes at the head of an island: Belle Isle.
Your water may come from a waterway in the Great Lakes Basin, too. The Great Lakes supply:
- 20% of the world’s surface water
- 84% of the water used in all of North America
- 95% of the U.S. surface water.
You can find out more about the Great Lake Basin and its water from the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Great Lakes Information Network.
Chances are, your drinking water is coming from one of these Great Lakes bodies of water–the five Great Lakes, a connecting secondary lake, or a river or strait–along the way as the water flows from the headwaters of Lake Nipigon to empty into the Atlantic Ocean (and you can look forward to a quiz at the end of the photos):
Raise a glass (of water, of course!) to the Great Lakes this week.
And now for the quiz . . .
While you quench your thirst, see if you are able to figure out the correct order of the 11 Great Lakes Basin waterways in the photos above if you were to order them as the water flows. (This may prove to be good practice for the book giveaways coming next month.)
In your answer, assign the numbers 1 through 11 to the letters (A-K) in parentheses at the end of the captions: A. Detroit River; B. Lake Huron; C. St. Lawrence River; D. Lake Michigan; E. Lake Superior; F. St. Marys River; G. Straits of Mackinac; H. St. Clair River; I. Niagara River; J. Lake Ontario; K. Lake Erie.
Where, in mapping the water’s flow through the bodies of Great Lakes Basin waterways, do you imagine running into a bit of a conundrum? Don’t let your efforts go down the drain because of it!
. . . A chance for laud and praise
The first reader to respond with the correct order in a comment to this posting will receive laud!
The first reader identifying the possible “snag” in the flow in a comment will receive praise!