There are many parts of the world that have a shortage of safe, clean drinking water. It is said that a whopping number of people—nearly one billion—in the developing world do not have what they need. This is mind blowing. Where is the help? Projects abound to bring it to these outlying places, but so far it is not nearly enough. There are programs by World Vision, for example, and more people need to get on board. It will take a vast global effort to make a dent in the problem. I recently spent time in Kenya, and certainly noticed the widespread need. Hunger and thirst are heartbreaking issues. We give lip service to them and have all seen the tragic photos of skeletal children, but few donate money specifically to water purification. Here we are, privileged as can be, buying our little plastic bottles when tap water is just fine.
Whoever said that water is the foundation of life knows of what he or she speaks. Let me have your ear for a moment in today’s blog. Think for a moment about sub-Saharan Africa and the endless search for drinkable water, free from water-borne diseases. Education on the subject is mandatory. We must end needless suffering. After spending so much time in Kenya, for example, I am tuned into the entire continent. In fact, I am tuned into the need for pure water right in my home state. I read up Home Water Health about how to identify water that needs to be improved with a filter. Some people don’t even know they have contamination. They might live near a polluted river whose water is recycled or next to a chemical plant. There have been scandals from time to time as people get sick from tap water. I shared their Twitter page to help raise awareness.
If you don’t believe me, read the press. Remember Flint, Michigan. You can remedy the problem by buying clean water, but why should citizens have to resort to this expense. It is up to lawmakers to police the water sources in their area and mandate regular testing. You can get a jump on them by buying kits that analyze the contents of your home water. Many home water filtration companies have them. If you find certain chemicals, lead, or other unhealthy elements, you can ask for the right kind of home system that will eliminate 99% of them. There are numerous varieties of assorted sizes and prices. It really come down to a custom system. A whole-house unit will take care of drinking, cooking, bathing, etc. Saving on bottled water is the idea so that the new installation will ultimately pay for itself.
I am not advocating on behalf of the water filtration system. I am just offering a resolution to a problem that I know exists even in my own neighborhood. People complain of a chlorine taste from time to time. Few municipal water companies have dealt with the problem of taste. It is enough for them to deal with pollutants.