List the difficulties a person might face when there is no water supply in their kitchen.

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Difficulties a person might face due to a lack of convenient water include the need to carry water from a shared source, dirty or unsafe water, the need for strict water conservation, and dehydration.

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Most of us take water for granted. We simply turn on the faucets in our kitchens and bathrooms, and there it is, flowing freely, as much as we want, whenever we want. But there are many, many people around the world who don't have the luxury of a steady, in-home water supply, and they face significant difficulties because of that lack. Let's brainstorm some of these.

If a person does not have an in-home water supply, that person has to figure out where and how to get water. This is usually not as easy as going to the store and buying a gallon jug. Rather, it involves going to a shared well or spring and carrying water home. In many places, the water source may be some distance from home, and water carriers have to make the trip back with a heavy water supply. This is exhausting. Often, children are the ones to make the trip, for adults are busy with other chores. If the water carrier cannot bring enough in one trip, they may have to make multiple journeys.

What's more, sometimes the quality of water available at a shared water source is not what is should be. It might be dirty, for instance, or contain bacteria that could make people sick. This water needs to be boiled before use, and that requires both time and fuel.

Further, people who lack a convenient water supply have to learn very quickly how to conserve water. Think about how much we run our faucets without even considering how much water we are using. People who need to haul water home think about how they use every drop. Nothing is wasted. Yet this means that people cannot drink water as freely as they might otherwise, and this can lead to dehydration and its accompanying health risks, which can even include death if a person fails to take in adequate water over long periods of time.

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