The Value of Fresh Water

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Apr 5, 2013 09:54
Last year, my daughter applied for a short-term high school exchange program, and she had been in Germany for two weeks in March. After coming back home, she said when she was in a local restaurant, she wasn't able to drink water, because it wasn't free. She also mentioned that when her host family washed dishes, they didn't wash off soap as well as we Japanese do. It was probably because they needed to save water. During the orientation meeting at my daughter's school, I heard from a travel agent that one of the girl students who took a shower for more than 20 or 30 minutes was scolded by her host family.

We, Japanese take it for granted that we can use a plenty of fresh water whenever we want. As for me, I've never experienced water shortage except only when water supply was stopped due to water pipe repair. However, it's a different story in Europe and other developing countries. After hearing her talk, I thought we should realize more about the value of fresh water.