The ongoing water crisis in Toledo demonstrates the way in which all of us have taken for granted our reliance on it. The Washington Post reports on how locals are alarmed at the inability to find useable water:
“At first I was sort of dismissive,” said Saleh, a 27-year-old graduate student studying microbiology at the University of Toledo.
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Within hours, some 400,000 others were waking to the warning from city officials: Don’t drink tap water. Don’t use it to brush your teeth, bathe or cook. Don’t give it to pets. Don’t boil it – that will only increase the concentration of toxins in the water. Doing these things could “result in abnormal liver function, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, numbness or dizziness.”
Water’s ready availability is something we all take for granted. In Inevitable, the country must deal with an overpopulated country that has decimated the water supply. Water isn’t used just for drinking, but we rely on it to feed cattle, make medicine, and grow crops. It isn’t infinite though. As Toledo is finding out.