Pure and clean water is equal to the divine magic potion “amrutham (nectar)”, as it makes us live long and healthy. Pure water tastes so good when we are thirsty. It cools our body and mind in summers in a few seconds. So pure water is elixir of life.
Water is essential to life for all living organisms
on Earth. Because of absence of water on other planets life is absent
over there. We are so fortunate to have so many water bodies on our
Water is essential for plants, animals and human beings.
Plants can extract clean water particles from dirty water and can
continue to live. Animals have a higher tolerance to the impurities
in water. So they are able to survive in many different conditions.
However, human beings need good and clean water to drink.
Water is essential for the metabolism processes in our bodies that gives
us energy to move. When one drinks water the impurities present in water
go inside the body. Dirty water may contain viruses, bacteria, harmful
organisms, dust, non-living particles etc. Dust may be collected in
kidneys and form stones. That gives a lot of pain. Various viruses create
diseases like dysentery, amebiosis etc. Certain viruses may continue
living inside the body and as they are parasites, they drain away our energy
and control the body functions. If water is contaminated, like it happens
during rainy seasons, many people suffer from fever, cold. There is a
danger of spread of an epidemic.
The human body has a defence mechanism to kill viruses. But
body cannot fight all viruses easily and cannot fight continued attacks over a
long duration. Drinking water must not only be clean, but also
contain minerals. Without sufficient minerals, the body organs develop
deficiencies and they result in permanent health problems.
In India the people in villages drink from ponds where
clothes are washed, people throw junk into them and animals are washed.
In towns too the water is usually not very clean. One of the most
important functions of municipalities is to filter water and add
disinfectant like chlorine. In some areas there is excess fluorine.
Even in Europe and much favoured USA, there are many regions where water
does not contain sufficient minerals. Hence they drink artificially
mineralized water or natural mineral water available from a
Clean drinking water is a basic right of all people.
The government must supply healthy drinking water. In schools too,
clean drinking water is essential. Prime minister Modi started a mission
called Namami Gange, to clean the river Ganga. In the last ten years,
the filter water suppliers have established numerous plants to filter,
chemically treat, and add minerals to water, and supply in 20 litre cans. Water
filters have been available in India commercially since last 40 years.
But nowadays latest scientific purification methods are
excellent and supply healthy drinking water at a reasonable cost.