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Things You Still Don’t Know About Clean Water

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. 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.

Everyone must understand that once clean water intended for drinking, washing, and bathing is polluted, the environment is not the only victim. 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., 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 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. 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, the clean and potable water we use every single day to address different needs like cooking, cleaning, drinking, and bathing has to be given due credit and high value considering how life could be very different without it.

While many Americans complain about paying water bills, millions of families, specifically in some regions of Africa and Asia don’t even have easy access to fresh water. 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 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.

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 what we can do instead is begin acknowledging how important it is to be aware of water pollution and figure out ways to contribute to stopping it. 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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