The lock on this faucet, outside a temple in Bangalore, India, is an extreme form of water conservation. Water is a renewable resource, constantly being recycled in the atmosphere, oceans, lakes, and glaciers. However, clean freshwater is at risk in many parts of the world. The consumer and industrial demand for water increases with economic development.

Photograph by Siddharth Jain, MyShot
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The Earth’s natural resources include air, water, soil, minerals, plants, and animals. Conservation is the practice of caring for these resources so all living things can benefit from them now and in the future.