Like a match that ignites the flame for a fire to rage, water marks the inception of every ancient civilization. Tigris and Euphrates of Mesopotamia, Yellow River of Shang, Nile of Egypt, and Indus of Harappa are just mere examples. Flora and fauna, together with humans, won’t get the chance to exist without its assistance.

At first, water was primarily used as the main ingredient for irrigation, the network of canals and ditches that connect fields to nearby springs, lakes, rivers, or any other water source. Having a system of irrigation nowadays opens the possibility of growing crops, not only in a wide piece of land but even in those that were once left barren. You can even raise livestock, and start your very own livelihood, but not only that, because people have also put significance on water in other ways, for example, the first public water tank called the “Great Bath” of Mohenjo Daro was utilized for religious purposes. In dry regions, the ability to control water can be symbolic of wealth and power. The Mayans, however, are intriguing because they have sustained themselves, even though they lack a natural supply of water: with no springs, rivers, or lakes in its entire vicinity. Now, just imagine how much manpower it took for the majestic Angkor Wat of Khmer to be built.

Each success demands a sacrifice. The same water we have cultivated thousand years ago is rapidly getting out of our control. The same hands that acquired and developed it are also the ones to blame as for why it’s now carelessly used and wasted. We need to work together for this economic problem to be solved. Are you willing to help?