Cold watersToday – March 22 – is World Water Day. As you turn on your tap, I hope you take time to appreciate how lucky most of us are to live in homes where water is simply expected. We don’t have to work hard to get it. We don’t have to pay much for it.

But travel long enough, and you will see what happens when water runs dry. The impact that a drought or a dry well has on a community can be devastating. In a world where water encompasses 70 percent of the earth’s surface, it seems improbable that people continue to die of thirst. The reason: only 2.5 percent of the earth’s water is classified as freshwater, and barely 1 percent of the fresh water is easily accessible as drinking water.

More than 783 million people do not have access to safe drinking water. There are many ways you can help through conservation, awareness and donation. Check out:

There is a quiet beauty in water. Every culture recognizes it. Every person needs it.

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“We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.” Jacques Cousteau

Meet me: Sheilah Bright, a sucker for a story. I've been a journalist for 39 years after first publishing at age 14. Do the math. No, don't. My work has appeared in hundreds of newspapers and magazines. I spent 18 years writing advertising for People and TIME magazine. When I'm not traveling abroad, I bounce along the backroads of Oklahoma searching for some golden story nuggets as a contributing editor for This Land Press and Oklahoma Today.

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