Clean Water and The World’s Desperate Need for It
One of the most unfortunate realities in a highly unequal world is the fact that not everyone has direct and convenient access to fresh water for drinking and bathing. Although clean water is easily available in this country, the same cannot be said in many parts of the world. Since many people conveniently get clean water on a daily basis, there appears a tendency for them to forget or ignore the significance or value of this precious resource. 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. 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 asking where all the water is sourced from, think about bodies of water that you usually just ignore 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. So, it’s fair to say that the clean and potable water we are using every day for eating, cooking, drinking, cleaning, and bathing needs to be valued the way it needs to be valued.
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. 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 to swap places with those people, many of us will never be able to survive the challenge of not having access to clean water.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot most of us can do in order to address the need for clean water for people who don’t have enough of it. 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. 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.