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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. 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 with the world population rapidly congesting the planet, the rate of water pollution is increasing at a very alarming pace.

In the event that clean water used for drinking and bathing is polluted, the casualty isn’t only the environment. 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.

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. 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 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.