MOST of us are lucky that we have piped water for drinking and other uses. We learn to appreciate water more when there is water rationing or water supply disruption. When that happens, every drop counts and we try to use water as sparingly as possible. So imagine how life is like for those rural folks who do not have piped water.
Let’s read what Starchild readers have to share on the topic, Water, Water:
“Water has many uses. We cannot waste water because it is important. We cannot live without water. We should not throw rubbish into drains, rivers, lakes and seas,” writes Parvitha Ramesh Rao, seven.
Muhammad Irfan Kamal Zukhairi, 11, says: “If we don’t have any water, we will die. So use water wisely.” He says water is useful as he needs it to drink and wash clothes. He does not take canned drinks.
Omm Sri Sudarmani, five, says: “If there is no tap water, life would be difficult. It would be difficult to get water to drink and for household use.”
All living things will die if there is no water to drink at all, says Chan Khai Ying.
“If we have no water, we won’t be able to shower, wash clothes and do other things. We will have to fetch water from a well or collect water from a river,” writes Sean Kieren Yeo Wei Yen, nine. “We can’t live without drinking water and we will die of thirst. We should be thankful that we have clean water.”
Ashley Cheah Zi Yen, five, says water cleans everything and cools the body.
Every morning, Jiveena Selvaraju, six, helps her mother to water the plants. “My mother says water is also important for plants to grow. We also need to drink plenty of water. Please do not waste water.”
Tong Yung Ying Venezia, nine, says water is used to water plants, bathe the dog, and wash the car, among other things.
Water enables boats and ships to carry people and goods from one place to another. Big tankers carry oil from one country to another across the oceans. Rivers, lakes and waterfall with crystal clear water make scenic spots. Travellers love to visit such places, says Lauryn Tan Zi Yi, six.
Ong Ley Han, 11, draws marine creatures in their natural habitat. Water is vital to marine life. These creatures live in their underwater world.
What will life be like if we have no water supply?
If it doesn’t rain, Daniella Yeo Wei Ling, five, imagines that her family will not have water. She and her mother will have to fetch water somewhere ...
Aleya Inshirah Begum, eight, imagines living without piped water. Probably, she has to wash her clothes outside her house. Chan Le Yenn says: “My mother washes clothes beside a river. She also uses river water to water the plants.”
Tara Elena MeyerMeyer, eight, says that when she visited her aunt in Sarawak, she and her brother had to go up a hill to fetch a pail of water from a well. It was fun!
Water is vital to the survival of all forms of life on earth.
Some villagers have to dig a hole in the ground to build a well. They depend on the well for water for drinking, bathing, washing clothes and cooking, says Lim Iris, seven.
Lim Cayson, five, says: “Both humans and animals can drink well water.” – Compiled by MajorieChiew ITEM: There is a saying that people who live in glass houses should not throw stones. Because if they do, the house would be shattered!
Now, if there are glass houses for sale, would you like to stay in one? However, there is no privacy and people can see what you are doing. Perhaps you can something to shield your house from
eyes. How about having curtains come down at the touch of a button when you want some privacy? Or stained glass with pretty designs?
Now how would you handle breakage? Perhaps the glass is a special one that unbreakable?
Give us an idea of how your glass house will look like. Send a drawing and tell how fantastic it is to live in a glass house.