From water fights in summer to hot tubs in winter, we are experiencing life through water. Life itself would not be possible with out this wonderful element we know as h2o. We encounter water when it comes to health, living practices, and play. It is the magic of turning a faucet or pushing the button dispenser on your fridge for a nice cool glass. The wonder of playing in the bubbles when washing dishes in hot soapy water. It is life being lived one ounce at a time.
We humans are made up of 60% water. Just a fact. Water helps us maximize physical performance. Losing up to even just 2% of your body’s water content can lead to altered body temperature control, reduced motivation, increased fatigue, and make even simple daily tasks feel much more difficult, both physically and mentally. Optimal hydration has been shown to prevent this from happening.
Even something as basic as taking a bath plays a role in our health. Being able to use functioning washing facilities reduces the spread of diseases, including diarrhoeal disease, respiratory disease, hepatitis and infections.
Receiving fluids from an IV has saved billions of lives. Dehydration is not something to take lightly. The medical field has used this all important resource in thousands of different ways to sustain the health of every patient.
From our water intake to how we use water- sanitation, medical use, life saving practices such a fire fighting- all contributes to keeping us in good health and, well, alive really. So appreciate that next glass of water and that handy faucet that did the hard work of accessing your indoor plumbing; a modern connivence that is considered to be the best innovation of human health.
In a day in the life of the average person, you use water to wash your cloths, to clean your floors or something equally dirty, to take long hot showers, to make meals (soaking your pre-cut potato wedges in water for that crisp result in the oven), to making your ice tea. Water is perhaps the most used commodity of your home. Every flush of the toilet, every rinse cycle on your wash machine, every hand scrubbing in your sink is a integral part of you doing life.
So, not only do you need water to be alive. But also, you need water to DO life.
Play encompasses everything else— from hobbies, to stress relieving practices, to good old fashioned water games. For some hosing down the driveway is the perfect solution to washing away their current burdens. Others do their stress relieving in the garden, watering their rows of cabbage and fennel. And of course, we see water used in, well, water sports which requires the innovation know as a pool. But water play, at it’s heart is basically children making every adventure about water.
Whether you are getting your water from a hose, sprinkler, or a pool, it comes to you from the wonderful world of plumbing.
All of these experiences would not be possible without your plumbing, a most important foundational part of living life in your home. We enjoy indoor plumbing in a world where 60 % goes without it.
A new study in Environmental Science & Technology estimates six out of 10 people on planet Earth don’t have access to flush toilets or adequate water-related sanitation. In other words, 4.2 billion human beings desperately need a technology you use every day.
If you’ve made it to the end of today’s post, you are probably realizing just how much you have or how much your indoor plumbing actually affects you and your world. Welcome, friend to this beautiful place of understanding. If this article motivates you to either view your world more appreciatively or even prompts you to help fund an organization that helps provide clean water to indigenous peoples- we plumbers have done our job. We are about more than fixing pipes, you know. At the heartbeat of who we are at NIR Plumbing, we simply want to see people lead good, beautiful lives through the functioning modern wonder of plumbing.
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