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

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. 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. However, times have definitely changed for the past decade and the number of polluted bodies of water has increased at a highly 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. 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. 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.

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. 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. 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.

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