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. 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. In fact, it’s obvious that because of the sheer abundance of water in this part of the world, many people don’t really care about it getting polluted. However, times have definitely changed for the past decade and the number of polluted bodies of water has increased at a highly alarming rate.
Everyone must understand that once clean water intended for drinking, washing, and bathing is polluted, the environment is not the only victim. 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 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. 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. 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 only there was a chance to trade places, many of us who live very comfortable lives with water readily available wouldn’t be able to survive the kind of condition some people are facing on a mundane basis.
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 what we can do instead is begin acknowledging how important it is to be aware of water pollution and figure out ways to contribute to stopping it. 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.