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AS I write this, the summer heat is bearing down on the country like a furnace cooking all that is in its path.

As of this writing, 54 provinces are affected by EL NIÑO, the childlike phenomenon that brings unbearable heat to our land and the heating of the oceans.

From Luzon to Mindanao, the drought and heat are taking their toll.

Our rivers and dams are drying up and our land is turning into a dessert. Our crop yields will go down and yes, water will become a big issue.

Our fear is that water may be rationed again like what the state of California has done. They have rationed water consumption and reduced the usage by 25 percent.

California is one of the world’s largest economies. Its agriculture is massive and irrigation implements are of a massive scale. Mechanized farming and big plantations rule the farming world in the United States. Unlike small organic farms in Europe that use smaller doses of water.

Did you know that it takes more gallons of water to produce an almond? California consumes 1.1 trillion gallons of water each year to produce almonds.

Enough for us to take a 10 minute shower each day for 86 million years.

Let’s face it: people are running out of this finite resource.

A resource that gives us life.

We must conserve our water resources or face the consequences of a Saharan type environment.

This El Niño year will bear down hard on us and affected countries.

Let us replenish this resource. Let us reforest. Let us not waste water.

(By: Antonio M. Claparols – President ESP) Peoples Journal Tonight, Editorial, Wednesday, May 13, 2015