Water is absolutely essential for life. Think plants, think animals, think humanity, think whatever you want – it’s vital, isn’t it? Its uses abound – hydration of course, but also hygiene, cooking, recreation and the manufacturing of so many goods. So it’s only fitting that this week, we give thanks for this naturally reproducing thing called H2O.
To function properly, we must drink water. Our bodies and the vast majority of our vital organs are composed of water. Without consuming about half of our body weight in ounces on a daily basis, we may experience dehydration symptoms including lethargy, lightheadedness, headaches, dry skin, achy joints and low blood pressure. Consider a dry, withering plant. What is the first thing it needs for life? Water of course! Regardless of which wonder-grow solution you add to the plant, it will not thrive without water. The same is true for the human body. We need pure water to function as we should, and thankfully – most people have access to it.
About seven out of eight people have access to clean drinking water, which leaves 884 million people lacking that basic right. Without clean water, individuals of all ages are more susceptible to disease, infections, diarrhea and even death. Children are denied education in impoverished countries due to the lack of sanitation facilities and because of their, or the women’s duty to fetch water daily.
Along with many other organizations, Pump Aid demonstrates how important clean water is by the work they do. They build self-sustainable wells for poor, rural African communities who can then draw the water, as opposed to walking miles to get their daily supply. Pump Aid also helps communities build a sanitary toilet, and teaches them how to irrigate nutrition gardens. It is by these actions, that we realize how vital water really is.
We are blessed with the easy access to clean water, which is life giving in so many ways. Take advantage of it!