The Need for Clean Water: Things You Probably Still Don’t Know
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. But times have changed quite fast and water pollution is increasing at an alarming rate.
When the clean water used for drinking and bathing is polluted, the environment isn’t the only casualty. Obviously, humans are going to be the biggest casualties since we all need clean drinking 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. 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. 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.
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. This shows how spoiled we have become without realizing that the need for clean water for drinking and bathing is a dire one for some people living in the same planet. 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. 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.