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So I asked you, “How many glass of water did you drink today?”. But no, I didn’t ask you to know about the health of your kidney, let us talk about that in another time. I wanted to know about the access you can get to clean and healthy drinkable water. If you’re able to manage to drink 8 glasses of water a day, bless you!
There are people who drink tap water at home. Let us define tap water as water that runs through your plumbing system at home. It could be supported by PAM (Perusahaan Air Minum – Ind). Sadly, not all of us have access to PAM, therefore some of us have plumbing system that runs from groundwater through water well and pump.
Though drinking tap water, I rarely find cases in Indonesia who drink it directly without cooking it first, whether it camos from PAM or groundwater. While in other countries, it is safe already to drink tap water right from the faucet. This is another clean and healty scarcity problem we have to deal with.
The other side of customers usually drink water from mineral bottled water, outside and inside the house. They drink bottled water dispenser because they don’t trust the heathiness level of tap water. Outside the house, whenever they want to drink, they will easily buy little version of bottled water, the more handy one. They think that carry their own tumblers isn’t practical or whatsoever.
Funny if these people join ‘Stop Global Warming Campaign’ with reducing the usage of tissue, filter garbages, even always turn off electricity and or lights whenever they step out of room. Didn’t they know that every bottled water they drink generates up to 600 times as much CO2 as tap water? While most climate scientists agree that CO2 causes killer weather, earthquakes and flooding, ergo global warming. Ha!
If we’re the type of consumers who choose to drink from bottled water dispenser, it is still forgiven. At least dispenser is reuseable and has longer life cyle than the travel pack bottled water. But try to be a moderate consumer. Use the dispenser and refill our own non-plastic tumblers whenever we want to go out of the house. Don’t forget to always bring it with us where ever we go. Of course it would be much better if we refill the tumblers from the tap water.
As a comparation, the process of exploring water from the oasis, packing the water into a travel pack bottle, distributing it into markets, and reselling it to consumers do emit lots of CO2 thus cause global warming. Don’t forget the fact that a bottle of mineral water will cost us too many than it should be, especially if we buy it regularly. It is only a small container that will runs out of the water in a short time.
In the other part of the world, people are having problem in getting clean and healthy water. If we fortunately are having unlimited access to get it, why we limit ourselves by accessing the limited package of mineral water? Be smart. It really is our choice.
So, how many glass of water did you drink today? I really hope your answer is 8 glasses of water, instead of bottles.