The Vital Need for Fresh Water

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The amount of fresh water on Earth is quickly decreasing. Although water covers about 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, only a very small percentage of that water is considered freshwater. Humans take water for granted. Once it is gone, we will not survive. As humans, we need to find ways to sustain the fresh water remaining on Earth.

One of the biggest problems related to our shortage of fresh water is pollution. On top of the fact that we already need and use so much of our fresh water, we are actually wasting it and polluting the water. The amount of clean water is declining even faster because we are polluting the water by fertilizing plants, burning fossil fuels, littering, etc. Water pollution is terrible because it is contaminating our drinking water. Pollution is becoming a big problem and it affects us.

Water bottles are becoming a very large issue. People are getting very ill, with cancer and diseases because of water bottles. The plastic melts into the water, making the water toxic. There are currently no regulations for bottled water so we do not actually know what is in that water. Each water bottle takes about a quarter of the bottle of oil to produce it. Many people recycle their water bottles. Unfortunately, only one in six water bottles actually gets recycled. This means that the other five water bottles are just sent to landfills or they end up as trash on land and in rivers, lakes, and oceans.

Water bottles do not only harm humans, but they also harm animals. The modified bottle caps may seem like they are better than the old, big caps. However, they are actually not helping the Earth at all. Instead, manufacturers only decided to make smaller caps to save money. The caps are actually even more harmful than they were before they shrunk. Now, they are small enough for birds to swallow, which is causing the bird population to decrease because the bottle caps are killing them.

Even though many people rely on water bottles, there are other alternatives. Just simply buying a reusable water bottle is enough. The water is a lot cleaner, oil is not being wasted on making the water bottles, and the water bottles do not have to be “recycled”.
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