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. 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 with the world population rapidly congesting the planet, the rate of water pollution is increasing at a very alarming pace.
Everyone must understand that once clean water intended for drinking, washing, and bathing is polluted, the environment is not the only victim. Obviously, humans are going to be the biggest casualties since we all need clean drinking 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 are wondering where the water comes from, give those bodies of water you see every day and the same bodies of water you don’t really pay attention to, like rivers, lakes, and streams. 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. 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.
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. However, you still can do some positive change by way of educating yourself of the risks involved in tolerating water pollution in your area. 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.