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What Water Means to You…in just Six Words

2012 April 19

By Christina Catanese

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I swear that pesky word counter at the bottom of my screen is mocking me.  My wordiness seems to get me in trouble, and my word count is always higher than I want it to be.  700 words when I need it to be 500.  253 when it has to be below 250.  100 words when I need it to be…6?

Six words!  How can you say anything in only six words?

It turns out you can say a lot. Believe it or not, there have been short stories and even memoirs written in just six words.

And now, EPA has teamed up with SMITH Magazine to launch the Six Words for the Planet project, where anyone (you!) can submit a six word essay about our planet.

Since this is the Healthy Waters Blog, we’ve obviously got water on our minds, so I and a few of my fellow EPA employees took a crack at writing our own six words… for water.

Water: could I use less? Yes.


Headwaters to Bay, canoe that someday.


Water? Almost everywhere; most, alas, undrinkable.


Water Needs Energy. Energy Needs Water.


Chesapeake and Delaware Bays…Our Legacy.


Water. We can’t live without it.


Burdened mind. River walk. Feeling better.


When the currents are swift, portage.


Everyone deserves clean water. Get involved.


And now it’s your turn!  This Earth Day, take a few minutes to think about what the planet (water or otherwise) means to you, then pen your own six word essay and submit it here.  You might even have your six words featured on EPA websites or social media channels!

Get more information about Six Words for the Planet in this Greenversations Post.

About the Author: Christina Catanese has worked at EPA since 2010, and her work focuses on data analysis and management, GIS mapping and tools, communications, and other tasks that support the work of Regional water programs. Originally from Pittsburgh, Christina has lived in Philadelphia since attending the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Political Science and an M.S. in Applied Geosciences with a Hydrogeology concentration. Trained in dance (ballet, modern, and other styles) from a young age, Christina continues to perform, choreograph and teach in the Philadelphia area.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed here are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

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  1. Melvin M. Lusterio permalink
    April 20, 2012

    Clean Water Is Safe To Drink!

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  2. Melvin M. Lusterio permalink
    April 21, 2012

    The Water Of Life Is Free!

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  3. April 30, 2012

    Water has a memory: Be positive!

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  4. May 15, 2012

    Water is the source of life

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  5. May 16, 2012

    Nothing better than drinking pure water!

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  6. June 28, 2012

    “Water is the driving force of all nature.”
    Leonardo da Vinci

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  7. August 1, 2012

    Water – Driving force of our lives.

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  8. mal permalink
    September 22, 2012

    All the water that will ever be is, right now.

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  9. Sanders permalink
    October 12, 2012

    Water makes the biggest difference between our lovely planet and surrounding in the the Solar System. As proven in many scientific reports we are lucky enough to live on planet Earth in this very moment when everything is fruitful, green and full with water. As we all know at some point in the future that will change and hopefully by then NASA’s researchers will have reached level of advance where we would be able to travel even beyond the Solar system. Until then, just be smart and value everything we have for free. Look after the trees because without water and them there would be no oxygen. A bit dark review but surely not very far from the actual true. Good luck to all of us and be SMART with nature and water!

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  10. Rosie permalink
    November 29, 2013

    My name is Rosie. Water is a public good, not a commodity.

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