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. Clean water may be available right away in industrialized countries, but the same can never be said for so many countries. 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. As a matter of fact, the notion that water is infinite is the main culprit why people aren’t really worried about polluting it. But times have changed quite fast and water pollution is increasing at an alarming rate.
When the clean water used for drinking and bathing is polluted, the environment isn’t the only casualty. Human health is also put at great risk, obviously because we all depend on clean water to keep our bodies hydrated.
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 wondering where all this water comes from, then think about inland and surface bodies of water like rivers, streams, and lakes. There are a lot of things that the water needs to undergo before it gets delivered to homes, the purpose of which is to make sure it does not contain harmful substances 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 to swap places with those people, many of us will never be able to survive the challenge of not having access to clean water.
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. 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.