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. Clean water is a commonplace in this part of the world; sadly though, the same cannot be said in other parts of the world. 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 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. 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.
It is true that there is very little most of us can do in order to help those who don’t have access to clean water in the places they happen to live. 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. 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.
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