When I was a kid traveling with my family in the tropics of Latin America, there were two essential tools my mom and dad insisted we carry: A pot for boiling untreated water and bleach in case there was no way to use the former. Many of the towns and small rural villages we visited didn't offer treated water and my father, who was a clinical nutritionist took pains to educate us on the fact that clean, plentiful water was a luxury. It was our responsibility to ensure that the water we drank from was safe.
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Jan Lee splits her residence between the rural lands of Idaho and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Her articles on business, eco-travel, history and culture have been published in the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.
KEYWORDS: Environment and Climate Change, Water, Justmeans, Fontus, sustainable development