The Need for Clean Water: Things You Probably Still Don’t Know
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. 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. But with the world population rapidly congesting the planet, the rate of water pollution is increasing at a very alarming pace.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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. 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.