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. As a matter of fact, the notion that water is infinite is the main culprit why people aren’t really worried about polluting it. However, times have definitely changed for the past decade and the number of polluted bodies of water has increased at a highly 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., there is a sophisticated public water system responsible for treating and delivering over 44 billion gallons of clean water to every home, school, business establishment, building, and public office every day. If you’re wondering where all this water comes from, then think about inland and surface bodies of water like rivers, streams, and lakes. Before water is delivered to homes, it needs to be subjected to a highly advanced treatment process to remove harmful stuff 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. 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. 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.