Pre­cious drops

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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.

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