The Gift of the Environment

The holidays have arrived and joy fills the air! During this special time of the year, we are thoughtful of all the things we are thankful for, and why. During this holiday season and the rest of the year, I would like to recognize the gift that we all can appreciate… the environment, a gift that we all share. Not only is the environment and local water resources important to us presently, but for future generations and for our families!

When I first joined Renewable Water Resources over a year ago, I only thought I knew the importance of environmental protection. My experiences have been eye opening to how much we all need to be aware of how we use or abuse the gift that we have been given- the environment we live in, and our local abundant water resources. In my opinion, water resource preservation goes hand in hand with environmental protection.

There are limitless opportunities to contribute to environmental protection that I have been eager to learn about during my time working in the field of wastewater treatment and reuse. The gift of clean water is often overlooked because we are so fortunate to have such a plentiful supply in this area. In many areas of the world, people are not as privileged as we are to have a clean water supply and it is our responsibility to protect the finite gift we have and educate others on how to do so as well.

Statistics show that 1 out of every 9 people across the world do not have access to clean drinking water- approximately 1 billion people. That is an overwhelming statistic! Not only are we fortunate to have plentiful water supply here in the Upstate, but we also have a very healthy local environment. Many people in this area are environmentally conscious and want to protect it any way possible. Education is the key, because the willingness already exists.

Speaking of education, this is very important for the preservation of resources because if you know better, you can do better… right? Early education is particularly important to me because I feel like children grow up and learn habits at an early age. If we teach them now, they will grow and mature into environmentally friendly adults. With this tool being given to them at such an early age, it will be something that they don’t even have to think about. Many opportunities are available through ReWa to educate people of all ages on how they can be environmentally friendly, and become aware and educated. For more information on these educational sessions/ tours that we offer, visit This is so powerful for the resources we value so much because they can protect them long into the future and it will be engrained into the young minds of students today to pass along for many generations to come.

As we celebrate Christmas and the New Year, let us all be reminded of how blessed we truly are to have the gift of life and our local environmental resources!


By Ashley Rhinehart, Public Relations Coordinator for Renewable Water Resources