Clean Water and The World’s Desperate Need for It
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. 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. 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.
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 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 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, 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.
While many Americans complain about paying water bills, millions of families, specifically in some regions of Africa and Asia don’t even have easy access to fresh water. There’s a lot of unfairness in here as most of us complain about something that’s making life a lot easier while many people from the other side of the world wake up each day facing the dire need for clean water for drinking and bathing. If only there was a chance to trade places, many of us who live very comfortable lives with water readily available wouldn’t be able to survive the kind of condition some people are facing on a mundane basis.
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 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. 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.