Sharing Water Cup Unhealthy Idea. Ignorance about Illness Led to Common Water Cup.
Among educated people of the world, it seems incredible today to think that once upon a time cities and towns offered public drinking water from common tin cups. That’s right. If you were thirsty, you filled the small cup with water (the cup was attached to the cistern by a chain) and drank it down. Common cups for drinks of water were found in schools, railroad stations, factories, libraries, hospitals, doctor’s offices and other public buildings.
The cup you drank from was probably used by 75 people that day, perhaps more. No one washed the cup. People just used it and put it back on its little shelf for the next user.
Naturally, disease spread like wildfire from drinker to drinker. Thousands of people fell sick and thousands more died. It would be years before scientists and doctors put two and two together and got four, but once germ medicine gained traction, the contaminated common water cup was not long for this world.
Water advocate Sharon Kleyne reads a cautionary tale in the history of the common water cup. Recalling that time on May 24th, the anniversary of the banning of the common water cup in Chicago and New Jersey in 1911, Kleyne sees a parallel in the way people today are so poorly educated about water infrastructure and the need for new water technology. Kleyne, founder of Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science® and host of the nationally syndicated radio program, The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, Global Climate Change and Your Health on VoiceAmerica sponsored by Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®, has spent more than two decades educating the world about water and its critical importance to health and life. “Water in the atmosphere,” said Kleyne, “makes it possible for us to breathe, but how many people know that? People have been ignorant about water for a long time.”
One wonders how many hundreds of thousands of people died in the U.S. and the world by sharing common cups of drinking water. Imagine the sickness and diseases passing from one person to another, and all because serious water research was practically non-existent until the latter decades of the twentieth century. Today, many more people than ever know that sharing water with a sick person is like playing Russian roulette. But too many people are still ignorant of the fact that new water research and new water technology is necessary if we’re ever to begin to find cures again for all the things that ail us. “We want to stop just treating symptoms and find cures,” said Kleyne, “and all cures start with pure water.”