As I've researched my ancestors, I've become fascinated with the historical periods around the person I'm researching and as I've commented before, I have become an avid fan of books and TV/movies that are set in those times. Recently, I watched the Netflix miniseries "Alias Grace" which showed in several scenes just how horrible life could be when you were desperately poor.
Water fits into this in so many ways. It showed how truly awful traveling across the ocean (the only way to immigrate at that) was for women and children who were kept below decks in squalid, claustrophobic areas with no fresh air, no fresh water, no toilets, etc etc etc. Men at least had the potential for going above deck, and sometimes women could but if one was poor there was a real chance you might not make it alive to the "new" country.
Also, right now when we're forced to stay away from everyone else, when we're stuck in our homes, lately my thoughts have been about the difference between now and the flu epidemic around 1918. Think about getting through this without deliveries, our "virtual" worlds, video games, email... And then think about what it would have been like in homes without water or electricity.