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The picture above shows a tap, padlocked. I think it’s located in Africa because most people that is suffering from the lack of water is from Africa. I think maybe they locked it because they have a very limited water and maybe because they want people to pay to the owner to get water. I think we sometimes do need a lock to taps because we might run out of water anytime.
If one day when I got home, and all the water supplies were shut, it will really affect my life. Because I’ve never live in a water-less condition. My family will be panicking, looking for water, or running to the mini markets buying drinkable water. Everyone in my neighborhood might share water and help each other just to get clean water. Maybe some of my relatives will stay in my house because they can’t get any water. This problem will lead to another problem. If we don’t have access to clean water for a long time, we could all get sick. And people might be put out of work because to many people were sick, and kids can’t go to school because their parents don’t have time to. And this problem could lead to death.
This situation is really bad. If they’re in this situation, they would probably look for clean water, but if the water that they could find is undrinkable water, they would get diseases, and people that doesn’t have enough money to get medicine, will eventually die. The lack of water will also affect to the economy and maybe, I’m not sure, will raise the price of food, too. What we could do to conserve water is use water if you need it. I’ve seen some advertisements too, about some kind of a water purifier that could change dirty water to drinkable water, we could maybe use that.