Getting Down To Basics with Water

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. And probably because of this confidence that clean water is always available comes the tendency and mentality of many individuals to ignore its value. Well, this kind of mentality may very well be the reason why most people don’t really give a damn about water 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.

When the clean water used for drinking and bathing is polluted, the environment isn’t the only casualty. Human health is also put at great risk, obviously because we all depend on clean water to keep our bodies hydrated.

There is no better way to epitomize the need for clean water to that of the U.S., in which the public water systems are responsible for the treatment and delivery of about 44 billion gallons of clean water to all those who need it, including homes, public places, business establishments, commercial centers, and industries on a daily basis. 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. 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 to swap places with those people, many of us will never be able to survive the challenge of not having access to clean water.

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.