As I was strolling down the aisles at the local Hallmark store looking for a Mother’s Day card, I was appalled to find exactly zero cards for Drinking Water Week. Actually, I wasn’t really appalled or surprised by this. In fact, I would have been shocked to find such a card.
Why? Because we really do take drinking water for granted here in the USA. As those of you who have taken my courses know, I often cite the 2009 statistics from the World Health Organization that reveal a horrible fact: 4,000 children will die — TODAY! — from waterborne disease. Fortunately for us in the USA, ZERO will be here. But can you think of any other tragedy in the world of this magnitude that gets so little attention?
Again, according to WHO, deaths due to waterborne diseases (like cholera, thyphoid, and dysentery) are far more numerous than those of measles… or malaria… or AIDS … COMBINED! Waterborne disease ranks second only to pneumonia in childhood deaths. And yet we have no Hollywood celebrities out raising funds for this tragedy.
We do, however, have many, many folks that are saving lives in this arena. They are you, the Water System Operators. Your actions every day keep this tragedy from touching your local community water system. So thank you very much!
Another group that gets honorable mention in this regard is the American Water Works Association. I am proud to be a Life Member of this organization, and I encourage all of you to join. Just go to the link below, which addresses Drinking Water Week 2012, and click on Membership and Sections on the top of the page:
Our mission here at MOST is to provide all of you Water System Operators with the best online training you can get, so that you can successfully continue the daily battle against waterborne disease. Keep up the good work!