If we were to rank the most unfortunate inequalities in this world, the fact that not all people have access to clean water should be on top. Clean water is a commonplace in this part of the world; sadly though, the same cannot be said in other 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. 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.
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.
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. 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. 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.
And while we sometimes hear people in this country complaining about the money they have to spend on water bills, millions of people in many countries in Asia and Africa can’t even get access to untreated 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 we were forced to trade places, most of us wouldn’t survive.
Sadly, there is very little many of us can do to help those who don’t get enough clean water to make it through the day. However, you still can do some positive change by way of educating yourself of the risks involved in tolerating water pollution in your area. 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.