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We tend to take a lot of things for granted in our day to day lives. Modern conveniences like WiFi, smartphones, laptops, tablets, cable, Netflix, etc. Even things like air conditioning, microwaves, refrigerators, washing machines- really the list could go on. From the chairs that we sit on, the computers or laptops that we type at, the cars we drive or the buses that we take; we really do tend to take this stuff for granted. Even the water that we use and consume on a daily basis, and not just for drinking, we take that for granted too. Clean water matters, not just for drinking, but also for cooking, bathing- almost everything that we do.
10 Reasons Why Clean Water Matters
1. Clean water is vital to the human body.
The human body is 50 to 70 per cent water, and needs a regular supply of clean water to maintain health. We need clean drinking water. We need clean water for cooking and making beverages. Healthy eating and clean water go hand in hand. We must work to get clean water worldwide in order to maintain sufficient sources to supply this need.
2. Clean water is vital to our food.
If we fail to clean water and keep it clean, we will be shut up to a diet of contaminated food. Not only fish, but other meats, fruits, and vegetables will deliver contamination to us. If we want healthful, clean fish to leap forth from rivers, streams, and oceans, we need clean water. If we want healthful, organic produce, we need clean water to irrigate produce.
3. Clean water is vital to human health.
Clean drinking water is vital to health, yet the 663 million people around the globe lack access to clean drinking water. The health consequences are devastating. The UN attributes 2.2 million deaths annually to poor water and sanitation. If we helped give access to clean drinking water, provide better sanitation, and teach people how to keep water clean, future generations can enjoy longer and healthier lives.
663 million people around the world lack access to one of life’s most basic needs: clean and safe water.
Mainly women and young girls bear the burden of carrying water. They often spend up to 3 hours every day finding water and walking miles hauling 40-pound Jerry Cans. As a result, girls can’t go to school because they are spending most of their day getting water.
Do you know what 40 pounds looks like?
I couldn’t imagine having to carry that amount of weight for an extended length of time.
Upload your picture to Instagram or Twitter with the tags #40Pounds and tag @EmergenC For every #40Pounds picture uploaded, Emergen-C® will donate $5 to charity: water. All of the proceeds will go directly to funding sustainable water solutions in Ethiopia.
The #40Pounds Challenge demonstrates the weight of water women and girls have to carry every day to provide water for their families. As long as this weight has to be lifted on a daily basis, women and girls will be held back from education, access to basic personal care and safety.
4. Clean water is essential for water sports.
A swimmer in clean water is safe from illnesses and diseases produced by contaminated and toxic water. A surfer does not have to fear swallowing water in a wipe out. Boaters and others who use our water for recreation can relax without concern about pollutants. Yet, 27 years after the passage of the 1972 Clean Water Act, 40% of our rivers, lakes, and estuaries were still too polluted for safe swimming and similar water sports.
5. Clean water is essential for fish and other wildlife species.
As humans, we must consider the needs of fish, whales, water fowl, and other wildlife species that live in water. We must clean water when there are oil spills, of course, but we must also work to clean water flowing into our oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams. We must clean water for wildlife that does not live in the water, but depends on clean water for health and cleanliness.
6. We need clean water to cut down on our carbon footprint.
The emissions involved in producing bottled water are astounding. Pablo Päster, Sustainability Engineer and MBA, did a thorough and exhaustive study of the cost of bringing a single liter of Fiji Water to America. He found that bottlers use nearly seven times more water to bottle it than you actually drink. The total amount of water used to produce and deliver one bottle of imported water is 6.74 kg! In the process of making the bottle, getting water into the bottle, and delivering it to you, 250g of GHG emissions were released.
7. We need to conserve clean water to cut down on refuse.
Each plastic drinking-water bottle takes hundreds of years to biodegrade in a landfill. Many plastic drinking-water bottles litter the countryside. Some will be recycled, but the recycling process is said to pollute the environment with toxic carcinogens. If we clean water so that it is truly free of contaminants, additives, bacteria, and virus, people are less likely to rely on bottled water.
8. Clean rain and snow are not givens.
Rain is just one step in the water cycle. Pure rain does not automatically fall through the universe, filtered by the atmosphere and delivered from pure clouds. Neither does pure snow. The rain, snow, and other precipitation we receive find their way into the sky from bodies of water on earth. If we fail to conserve clean water on earth, we will have increasingly polluted precipitation. Polluted precipitation is harmful to everyone and everything on which it falls.
9. We need clean water for all-around cleanliness.
Whether it’s your laundry in the washing machine, your carpet beneath the cleaning machine, or your body under the shower, clean water is necessary for all-around cleanliness. From early preschool years onward, children are taught proper hygiene – and it depends on clean water.
10. The consequences of inadequate access to clean water are too great.
Many have expressed growing concern that water wars are more likely in the future than current battles for oil. Where access to clean water is the very essence of life, “no water” may mean “no peace.” A failure to clean water now may result in global warfare for future generations.
So how can we help and how can we bring clean water to those who may need it most?
charity: water is a non-profit organization that brings clean, safe water to people in developing countries around the world. 100% of public donations go directly to funding sustainable water solutions in areas with the greatest need. To learn more, please visit charity:water
Emergen-C has a long history of giving back. The brand has donated to a wide variety of causes that have benefited both the community and the environment, including causes that support breast cancer awareness and research; improvement of the nation’s water quality, vitamin A for children that lack access in developing countries; and poverty alleviation through microcredit in communities around the world. Emergen-C gives because the company believes that we all have the power to make the world a better place.
Clean drinking water is at the core of the Emergen-C product experience, so the partnership with charity: water seems natural for the brand. For more information on the partnership and #40Pounds Challenge, please visit emergenctransforms.com.
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