The Water We Eat

Apr 20, 2016 9:00 AM ET

I expect most of us believe that the greatest amount of water we consume comes in the form of showers, baths, and drinks. Nope, and it’s not close. 

My Dad has always loved the water. He grew up in Miami, which probably has something to do with his attraction to it. Whether skiing, fishing, or boating, any time he is on the water he is happy.

From a young age, my Dad had me out on the water. I fondly remember lazy summer afternoons boating and skiing around Lake Allatoona in North Georgia. I never fell in love with the water like my Dad, but I did come to appreciate it. For us, the lake was a chance to grow closer together as a family.

I also remember thinking as a kid that Lake Allatoona was immense. We could spend all day cruising around and still only see a portion of it. I just checked, and it apparently spans over 12,000 acres in surface area, with a maximum depth of 145 feet. So yeah, it’s big.

And that’s just one lake. Surely, when you add it to all of the other lakes and rivers out there, plus the snowfall that melts each spring, we must have an immense amount of freshwater. Right?

Not quite.

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Valerie Bennett
Ray C. Anderson Foundation
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