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These days, our busy lives don’t leave much room to pause and be grateful. Thanksgiving is a much-needed reminder to all of us to slow down and give thanks for all that is good in our lives.
This holiday week, take a moment to think about how fortunate we are to live in a place where everyone here in the U.S. has access to clean, safe water – from oceans and rivers to the water we use in our daily lives. We take for granted that when we turn on the tap – to brush our teeth, get a drink, clean, cook or even fill up the dog’s water bowl – clean fresh water will come out.
Not every region is so fortunate. Cholera and dysentery are diseases that can only be found in the history books in North America, but waterborne diseases are very much part of everyday life in many areas of the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly 1 out of every 5 deaths under the age of 5 worldwide is due to a water-related disease, a preventable water-related disease.
While the water issues here in the U.S. pale in comparison to those in some other geographies, there are looming threats we do need to monitor. Water scarcity used to be something that happened elsewhere—but it’s now a real issue for many parts of the U.S. IDEXX recently hosted a talk on water scarcity at our annual customer dinner at WQTC in Indianapolis, featuring a fantastic consultant, author and speaker, Amy Vickers. Amy spoke about the importance of water conservation in the U.S. and the simple things that we all can do to conserve this precious resource. We’ll talk more about Amy’s talk in our next blog post, but in the meantime, think about this: the average North American uses 400 liters of water every day while the average person in the developing world uses 10 liters of water every day (WaterAid America), which most likely did not come out of a tap and likely was not safe to drink.
This Thanksgiving, we’re not only giving thanks for family and friends, but we’d like to say a special thank you to all of you who work in this industry to ensure that when we turn on the tap, clean, safe water is delivered.
From everyone here at IDEXX Water, we wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.