Water, which we erroneously thought of as an inexhaustible resource, is now becoming scarce in many regions of the world. This reality has grave effects and is believed to be getting worse due to the rapid growth of population and industrialization. Other aggravating factors include climate change and man-made environmental degradation.
Are you aware of what is happening to people in countries experiencing water scarcity? In some regions of India, women and young girls bear the burden of fetching water. They carry heavy jugs on their head and walk three to four kilometers from home to fetch water. This plight deprives them of opportunities for education and livelihood.
The same is happening in some countries in Africa. Sourcing water for drinking and household chores falls on the shoulders of the female population. Young girls and women whose ages range from seven to forty years old carry pots or jugs and walk for almost two hours just to fetch water from a natural spring to provide for their family’s daily water needs. They actually walk several miles three times a day for drinking water. And this water that they obtain may not even be safe to drink. Consequently, this brings an adverse effect on their health.
Water contamination is another alarming situation related to the scarcity of water. People have limited resources of safe drinking water. The river, which is the source of life for them, is also the bringer of death as it can spread diseases. It is not an unusual occurrence in Third World Countries that people are brought to hospitals in great numbers due to severe diarrhea and high fever caused by unsafe drinking water. In other places, toxic wasters are dumped into rivers, diminishing further those areas’ resources.
Indeed, water is a very important commodity since it is essential for various valuable processes and continuity of human life. It is no wonder that people residing in places where water is scarce considered water more valuable than gold. Thus, it is necessary for them to think about how to ensure its sustainability.
Should we wait until this situation becomes critical before we act on conserving water?” Let us be responsible enough to protect what we borrowed from Almighty One.