Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink.The Blue Planet There are more than 326 million trillion gallons of water on Earth. Less than 3% of all this water is fresh water and of that amount, more than two-thirds is locked up in ice caps and glaciers. Despite all of this, water is still not self-generating and one day we may not have enough. By 2025, it is predicted that most of Africa and West Asia will face severe water scarcity as a result of their increasing population and demands for water.
Freshwater supply is shaped by rainfall, snow melt runoff and infiltration. There is growing concern regarding the quantity and quality of our water supply. Dirty water is the world's biggest health risk, and continues to threaten both quality of life and public health in the United States according to the National Resources Defense Council.
Showcased below are examples of Portland's awareness of their enviroment.
Sophisticated Northwest Portland lifestyles includes an expectation environmental sustainability. With the paint barely dry on the walls The Franklin Ide is already 24% leased. Touted as a low-environmental-impact apartment building it is LEED Gold certified and only a few points short of a Platinum certification. The 6-story complex includes stormwater treatment planters and low-flow toilets among other Eco-friendly additions.
Portland has some of the highest combined water/sewer rates in the nation. On The Brightside: As other U.S. cities struggle to implement expensive stormwater controls we are ahead of the country in water quality now that the $1.4 billion project designed to keep stormwater out of the Willamette is complete.