By Susan Davis, Executive Director, Improve International
When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.
― Benjamin Franklin
Today I am actively appreciating that I live in a country where I can drink water out of the tap, pretty much anywhere. I’ve can get up in the middle of the night and walk a few steps for a glass of water, and I won’t wake up with diarrhea. I can order a glass of tap water at a restaurant or get a drink with ice in it without worrying about getting cholera. I can get a drink from a water fountain in the park or a public building and know I won’t get a debilitating parasite. I don’t need to buy bottled water of questionable quality, or wait in line at a public tap. Sure, there are challenges with aging infrastructure in Atlanta and other cities, but there are institutions, regulations, and laws in place to make sure we have plentiful, convenient, safe water, 24 hours a day. That is a luxury.