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The Need for Clean Water: Things You Probably Still Don’t Know

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. Although clean water is easily available in this country, the same cannot be said in many 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. 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. 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.

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 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.

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. 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 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 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.

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