Things You Still Don’t Know About Clean Water
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. Although clean water is easily available in this country, the same cannot be said in many parts of the world. Because many people are used to having clean water without exerting that much effort, there seems to be a growing mentality in which they don’t really put that much value in it. 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 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. It is very obvious that human health will be the other major casualty since all of us need clean 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’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, the clean and potable water we use every single day to address different needs like cooking, cleaning, drinking, and bathing has to be given due credit and high value considering how life could be very different without it.
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 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.