Clean Water and The World’s Desperate Need for It
If we were to rank the most unfortunate inequalities in this world, the fact that not all people have access to clean water should be on top. Although clean water is easily available in this country, the same cannot be said in many parts of the world. And probably because of this confidence that clean water is always available comes the tendency and mentality of many individuals to ignore its value. Well, this kind of mentality may very well be the reason why most people don’t really give a damn about water getting polluted. But times have changed quite fast and water pollution is increasing at an alarming rate.
Everyone must understand that once clean water intended for drinking, washing, and bathing is polluted, the environment is not the only victim. It is very obvious that human health will be the other major casualty since all of us need clean water to survive.
In the U.S., there is a sophisticated public water system responsible for treating and delivering over 44 billion gallons of clean water to every home, school, business establishment, building, and public office every day. If you’re wondering where all this water comes from, then think about inland and surface bodies of water like rivers, streams, and lakes. There is a highly complex process involved in treating water right before it gets delivered and the idea is to make it as clean as possible; simply put, this process eliminates things like chemicals, bacteria, and particulates that water picks up while traveling. So, the clean and potable water we use every single day to address different needs like cooking, cleaning, drinking, and bathing has to be given due credit and high value considering how life could be very different without it.
On one hand, many Americans feel like they’re paying too much for clean and potable water; on the other hand, millions of people in some regions in Africa and Asia don’t even have access to freshwater. 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 to swap places with those people, many of us will never be able to survive the challenge of not having access to clean water.
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. However, you still can do some positive change by way of educating yourself of the risks involved in tolerating water pollution in your area. 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.