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 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.
Everyone must understand that once clean water intended for drinking, washing, and bathing is polluted, the environment is not the only victim. Obviously, humans are going to be the biggest casualties since we all need clean drinking 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 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. 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. 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.
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. However, you still can do some positive change by way of educating yourself of the risks involved in tolerating water pollution in your area. 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.