One of the most unfortunate realities in a highly unequal world is the fact that not everyone has direct and convenient access to fresh water for drinking and bathing. Clean water may be available right away in industrialized countries, but the same can never be said for so many countries. Since many people conveniently get clean water on a daily basis, there appears a tendency for them to forget or ignore the significance or value of this precious resource. 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. Human health is also put at great risk, obviously because we all depend on clean water to keep our bodies hydrated.
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 asking where all the water is sourced from, think about bodies of water that you usually just ignore 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. What we’re saying here is that with the fact that many of the things we do on a daily basis like cooking, drinking, eating, cleaning, and bathing all depend on clean and potable water, it only means we must begin valuing its worth more than ever.
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. 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.
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.