This is post is for all of the people who have asked me lately if the water in my town will cause them to sprout a third eye (or something similar in ridiculous-ness) and those that complain about the cost of the new Reverse Osmosis treatment. And also, for everyone that just has something ‘against tap water’. Yes, I am getting up on my soapbox (but this is the only place I am allowed to do that so give me a little bit of a break and hear me out.)
Did you know that 3.575 million people die each year from a water related disease?
(That is equal to the population of Los Angeles.)
Except, drinking water chlorination and filtration have helped to virtually eliminate these diseases in the U.S. and other developed countries.
So why does a child die every 20 seconds from drinking contaminated water?
If we have the technology, why do 884 million people lack access to clean water? (By the way, that is equal to the U.S. population… times 3.)
How can you complain that your water bill went up (even though you can get more than 10 gallons of water for less than a penny) when people living in the slums of third world countries often pay 5-10 times more per liter of water than wealthy people living in the same city.
Did you know that by taking a five-minute shower you use more water than a typical person in a developing country slum uses in a whole day?
Turns out the average person in the developing world uses 2.64 gallons of water a day.
The average person in the United Kingdom uses 35.66 gallons of water per day.
The average person in the United States uses between 100 and 175 gallons every day.
Also, It takes 1.32 gallons of water to make just 1 bottle of water.
To make just the meat of one-quarter pound hamburger, 2900 gallons of water are used.
How about the fact that the water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns.
Or maybe that diarrhea, yes diarrhea, remains the second leading cause of death among children under five globally. Nearly one in five child deaths – about 1.5 million each year – is due to diarrhea. It kills more young children than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined.
In just one day, more than 200 million hours of women’s time is used collecting water. This time is equivalent to the number of hours worked by WalMart, UPS, McDonald’s, IBM, Target, and Kroger employees over a week’s time, combined.
So much work put into trying to collect water (safe or not) for their families. But yet, you complain:
1. That the chlorine gives the water a bad taste, but that is what protects you from a water-borne illness.
2. The pipes leading to your house may deposit hard minerals into your water damaging your appliances and leaving an after taste in your mouth, but that is what keeps you from having to walk 3 miles for water.
3.Water prices may have gone up, but compared to your income, you still pay less than a person in a developing country trying to survive on $3 or less a day.
You joke that the city water will kill you one day, but water around the world kills more than 4000 children TODAY.
This is why I defend our city’s water because we are blessed. Not just because we have a Reverse Osmosis Treatment Plant or because it is my job to tell you the water is great, but because someone right now in another country would gladly drink the water you think is disgusting straight from the tap.
If you are interested, these are other posts I have written about water.
(Disclaimer: I have no problem with valid concerns about water quality. Also, this site is where I gathered most of my information.)