How Clean Water Can Help Stop COVID-19

November 18, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has made us all question a lot of things about the world around us. Since we’re in the water business, our thoughts have turned largely to how this critical element has factored into cleanliness and hydration. Regular hand washing is one of the best ways to protect yourself against transmission of any virus, but how many of us really think about the source of the water every time we turn on the tap? Having clean water during COVID-19 in Scottsdale, AZ and all over the world is turning out to be an absolute necessity.

Worldwide water pollution

While we are relatively fortunate here in America, roughly 2.2 billion people around the world lack access to clean water. They are not able to engage in the regular hand and clothes washing that has given so many of us peace of mind during the pandemic, and the costs of that are incalculable. Many developing nations do not have the same controls on water pollution and contamination, which means clean water becomes scarce. This pollution has a direct effect on increased poverty and illness, and makes us all the more grateful for having clean water during COVID-19 in Scottsdale, AZ.

Preserving biodiversity

One thing we know for sure about COVID-19 is that it’s a zoonotic disease—that is, it was passed from animals to humans, much like HIV/AIDS, SARS and Ebola before it. While there are many scenarios in which this is possible, one explanation is that there is not nearly enough “buffer” space between human and wildlife habitation in much of the world. Intruding into wild forests and wetlands means people will come into closer contact with animals. This unfortunately also means we’ll encounter many strange pathogens that we don’t know how to combat. Responsible development is a key to preventing these future outbreaks.

Responsible agriculture

Much of this development is done in the quest for fertile farmland, which can cause a real strain on our water supplies. Globally, agriculture accounts for 70 percent of all freshwater usage, so responsible management of these resources is vital for a sustainable future. Developing farmland where it shouldn’t be is another way in which we increase the likelihood of running into unfamiliar diseases like COVID-19 that can wreak havoc on the world’s people. We must be careful and conscientious about what land we choose to use, and how we use it, if we hope to preserve our limited supply of clean water.

Having clean water during COVID-19 in Scottsdale, AZ has proven to be one of our best defenses against the virus, along with diligent mask wearing and social distancing. The preservation of clean water must be a priority for the world if we hope to prevent and fight future pandemics. Pure water can start right at home, and WES Water is ready to help you install whole-house purification systems. In addition, we offer our services to industrial and commercial operations. Give us a call today to schedule a free consultation with our experts!

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