Clean Water and The World’s Desperate Need for It
While there are so many inequalities in this world, no doubt one of the most unfortunate is the fact that fresh water for drinking, bathing, and other purposes is not readily accessible to everyone. Clean water may be available right away in industrialized countries, but the same can never be said for so many countries. Because many people are used to having clean water without exerting that much effort, there seems to be a growing mentality in which they don’t really put that much value in it. As a matter of fact, the notion that water is infinite is the main culprit why people aren’t really worried about polluting it. However, times have definitely changed for the past decade and the number of polluted bodies of water has increased at a highly alarming rate.
In the event that clean water used for drinking and bathing is polluted, the casualty isn’t only the environment. Human health is also put at great risk, obviously because we all depend on clean water to keep our bodies hydrated.
In the U.S. alone, public water systems are responsible for treating and distributing more than 44 billion gallons of clean water every single day to homes, business establishments, public places, and schools. If you’re wondering where all this water comes from, then think about inland and surface bodies of water like rivers, streams, and lakes. Before water is delivered to homes, it needs to be subjected to a highly advanced treatment process to remove harmful stuff like bacteria, chemicals, and particulates. What we’re saying here is that with the fact that many of the things we do on a daily basis like cooking, drinking, eating, cleaning, and bathing all depend on clean and potable water, it only means we must begin valuing its worth more than ever.
And while we sometimes hear people in this country complaining about the money they have to spend on water bills, millions of people in many countries in Asia and Africa can’t even get access to untreated water. Talk about how unfair life is: while we complain about paying for clean water, the people who live in the other side of the world are facing the adversity of the desperate need for clean water for drinking and bathing. If we were forced to trade places, most of us wouldn’t survive.
Sadly, there is very little many of us can do to help those who don’t get enough clean water to make it through the day. But then again, it doesn’t mean you just do nothing because at this point, you can start acknowledging the sense of urgency in terms of stopping water pollution. If we continue denying the alarming level over which our waters are being used as dumping ground for waste, we will soon find ourselves having to starve and thirst for clean water.