Gasping for air, running for water


A few decades ago, no one would have even entertained the thought that someday they may have to pay for drinking water. With the new wave of health consciousness, everyone is keen to shift from municipal supplied drinking water to packed drinking water, which is available freely in the market. The water crises are gripping cities and towns like some sort of plague. Why is this happening? Who is responsible for this? The answer is pollution of water. 

The level of pollution has increased so much that the naturally available water in the form of lakes and rivers has become unfit for drinking. In the past era, water was pure and could be safely consumed after boiling. But nowadays, these water bodies are polluted not only by biological wastes but by industrial chemicals and huge amount of pesticides as well. These toxic chemicals have serious impact on the health of living beings and can lead to problems like cancer, male infertility and even abortions. These harmful toxins cannot be separated from the water by boiling or filtration. It takes cumbersome industrial processes to separate these wastes from the water. The cost of treatment is very high and thus industrially purified water is quite pricey. But no one wants to risk their health for a few bucks and as such, people prefer buying safe water even though it is a bit costly. Thus drinking water becomes a commodity that companies can exploit for their gains and earn profit from it.

It is only a matter of time before something similar will happen to the air we breathe so precariously. Pollution of air has serious impacts on health too. Respiratory diseases, premature ageing of skin and cancer are some of the common health ailments caused due to breathing polluted air. Air pollution is increasing at an alarming rate in the cities of the developing world. The city topping this list is none other than the heart of India, Delhi. The rate of pollution is comparatively higher in developing countries as the governments in these countries are not serious about issues like environment, quality of air and safe drinking water. Thousands of new automobiles are added every month on our roads. Most industries in these countries lack means of purifying the smoke they release into the atmosphere. Exhaust from vehicles and industries are the chief source of air pollution. Pollution has degraded the quality of air so much that it feels like we are breathing something entirely different. As more and more people start having breathing problems, the time is not far when every one of us will be racing just to get a whiff of fresh air. Very recently, a Canadian Company called Vitality Air began selling bottled air to people in a ski resort in China. The company officials said that there was a huge demand for the same as people were scared of breathing polluted air. Very soon, every one of us will be buying a bottle of air just like we now buy bottles of water and air too will become a commodity. 

You may not feel that this article is important because our water bodies are clean from industrial effluents as of now and our air quality is also better than the rest of the country. But if we don’t heed the warnings now, we will soon meet a similar fate like other cities. Thus, it is our duty to keep pollution in control. We must try to do as much as we can to reduce pollution so that our future generation can breathe air and not poisonous gases and so that they will not have to pay for water, which is a blessing from nature and a universal solvent from which all life was generated.

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