Clean Water and The World’s Desperate Need for It
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 is a commonplace in this part of the world; sadly though, the same cannot be said in other parts of the world. 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. 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 times have changed quite fast and water pollution is increasing at an alarming rate.
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.
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 wondering where all this water comes from, then think about inland and surface bodies of water like rivers, streams, and lakes. 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. This shows how spoiled we have become without realizing that the need for clean water for drinking and bathing is a dire one for some people living in the same planet. 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. 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.