In order to help new leaders who believe in the impact of water as much as we do, we opened The Waterlogic Clean Water Scholarship in December 2015 to students who are enrolled in college or will be in the next year. Our team was happy to see so many great entries that demonstrated great understanding of current water issues that faces us all and we are pleased to announce that one entry in particular did stand out to us.
This year's Clean Water Scholarship is awarded to Courtney Callahan who will be attending college in Georgia. Her essay entry not only showed great professionalism, but it also showed an understanding of the benefits of having clean drinking water and an understanding of how contaminated drinking water can be harmful to us all. Congratulations Courtney! Below you will find Courtney's essay.
In addition, this month, we will be sharing two other essays that also stood out to our team and showed how much of an impact drinking water really has.
We would like to thank all of you who participated. Our team, truly enjoyed reading each of your surveys and essay submissions. Thank you for your time and we wish you the best of luck in your studies.
Only one substance in the world has the extraordinary power to either nourish life or destroy it. It comprises approximately 71% of Earth’s surface and 60% of the human body. When clean and purified, it has the ability to hydrate, revitalize, and restore. When contaminated, it can cause serious health complications such as disease, and in the worst cases, death. Lack of clean water remains one of the largest worldwide problems in modern society. Thousands of people are forced to risk their lives with every cup of contaminated water they consume. Clean water is crucial to the overall health and happiness of humanity. Without it, our world will never be able to advance and develop to its full potential.
Clean water offers a plethora of benefits to those that consume it, not only physically but psychologically as well. Apart from flushing out dangerous toxins from our bodies, clean water plays a large role in increasing the morale of those that consume it. Studies have shown that even the mildest cases of dehydration can negatively impact mood, while studies of fully hydrated people show that an increase in water can encourage positivity. Thus, hydrated people tend to see the glass as “half-full” while dehydrated people tend to see it as “half-empty”. Clean water benefits our internal organs as well. According to a study conducted by Jacqueline Chan of the American Journal of Epidemiology and quoted by Sally Tamarkin of greatest.com, “consuming more water means a lower risk of death from coronary heart disease. That risk of death rises when intake of ‘high-energy fluids’ (like soda and juice) increases”. An increase in water intake and decrease in consumption of sugary beverages can drastically improve one’s overall health. Clean water has many benefits. Without it, people are forced to sacrifice an important part of their well being.
Although Africa is perhaps one of the most well known areas that suffer from water contamination, numerous other locations across the globe suffer as well, including locations in the United States. Recently, a water crisis has surfaced in Flint, Michigan, that prevents citizens from drinking tap water due to the dangerously high levels of lead found in the water. According to a study from National Geographic, high levels of lead consumption can lead to decreased IQ, dangerous diseases such as Legionnaire's Disease, and in the worst cases, death. But lead contamination is not the only impurity unfiltered water can contain. Arsenic is sometimes found in contaminated well water. Arsenic is a poisonous substance that can damage the heart, nerves, and blood vessels of a human body. Harmful bacteria such as Escherichia coli (E. coli) and dangerous parasites such as Cryptosporidium are also often found in contaminated water. Both can cause severe symptoms, including diarrhea, vomiting, fever, and in the worst cases, death. In fact, water contamination can even interfere with education in third world countries. Lack of water and sanitation in school buildings lead to increased absenteeism, which can deter students from continuing their education. According to research found by Joshua Gowin, a Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience and an advocate for clean water, approximately “38,000 children under the age of 5 die each week because they lack uncontaminated water. African women walk over 40 billion hours each year carrying cisterns weighing up to 18 kilograms to gather water, which is usually still not safe to drink.” This unnecessarily high number cannot and should not be accepted.
Many great water charities exist to provide water to countries in need. Perhaps one of the most admirable organizations is Charity: Water. Charity: Water’s goal is to create lasting water sanitation systems to areas in need. The charity has set up a multitude of systems, including locations in Central America, South America, Africa, and Asia. Not only does Charity: Water focus on building new wells, it works hard to ensure that existing wells are functioning safely and properly. The charity also offers a clear breakdown of its funding. It shows proportions of how much funding is used for each category, including materials, capital costs, consumables, personnel, support costs, and transportation. Charity: Water works closely with experts from numerous areas to ensure their programs are using the best methods in the field. The main thing that causes Charity: Water to stand out among other organizations is its openness and clear passion for clean water.
Clean water has the drastic ability to exponentially improve the lives of those that have accessibility to it. Whether used for hygienic purposes, medical procedures, or consumption, clean water provides humanity with an endless number of benefits and possibilities. The world cannot properly function without it.