Friday, July 6th, 2018 by Carolina Fresh Water
Humans can get by without a lot of things
Air conditioning is nice, especially on a hot summer day, but without it we can still sit in the shade and drink plenty of liquids. The internet is essential to many of us, but if it and the phone lines broke tomorrow we could still talk to each other in person and find other ways to speak over long distances. However, there are some things we can never live without, and that list includes safe, clean water.
When people talk about humans needing water, they aren’t just talking about the water we need to drink to stay hydrated. Estimates laid out by the World Health Organization say that each person needs around 50 to 100 liters (or 13 to 26 gallons) per day. This is for drinking, for food preparation (including raising animals and crops), and for personal hygiene.
Bacteria and viruses can hide in dirty water and cause diseases like cholera and dysentery, or it can contain dangerous elements like lead or arsenic. Industries and agriculture can also pollute rivers when they either dump dangerous chemicals into the nearest river or lake or when rain washes the chemicals into the groundwater. And if a community doesn’t have enough clean water for any need, it’ll suffer a drought and its people will starve.
Getting clean water is one thing, but it’s equally important to find ways to get it where it needs to go. In some parts of Africa and Asia, women must spend hours every day going to the nearest well or clean lake and bringing it back to their communities. Back in the 1930s, the American government spent millions of dollars building dams and creating lakes and reservoirs where towns and cities could pump out the water they needed. Water distribution is expensive, but once it’s in place it becomes an essential key in keeping a community alive.
Flint, Michigan suffered a major water crisis a few years back. They switched from an expensive water supply situation to taking water directly from the local river, but the local river had dangerous levels of lead in it and the water purification plant couldn’t handle the problem. This illustrates an important point: even a developed nation like the United States can have problems with keeping their water supply clean and safe.
Those are the products we sell here at Carolina Freshwater, and we do our best to improve the cleanness of the water you use for drinking, cooking, and other household tasks in Greensboro. After all, clean, safe water is an essential need, and no matter where you live you can always find important ways to improve the safety of your water supply in Greensboro.