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. And probably because of this confidence that clean water is always available comes the tendency and mentality of many individuals to ignore its value. 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 with the world population rapidly congesting the planet, the rate of water pollution is increasing at a very alarming pace.
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 are wondering where the water comes from, give those bodies of water you see every day and the same bodies of water you don’t really pay attention to, like rivers, lakes, and streams. 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. There’s a lot of unfairness in here as most of us complain about something that’s making life a lot easier while many people from the other side of the world wake up each day facing the dire 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. 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. The continuing denial that there’s a serious water pollution issue could put every one of us in a situation where we might be forced to fight just to get access to clean water.
Supporting reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ak9EWRJdh0s