Lessons Learned About Water

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. 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.

In the event that clean water used for drinking and bathing is polluted, the casualty isn’t only the environment. It is very obvious that human health will be the other major casualty since all of us need clean water to survive.

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’re wondering where all this water comes from, then think about inland and surface bodies of water like rivers, streams, and lakes. There are a lot of things that the water needs to undergo before it gets delivered to homes, the purpose of which is to make sure it does not contain harmful substances 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.

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 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. 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.