Clean Water is Hard to Come By

Posted: October 15, 2010 in Environment
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Today is Blog Action Day 2010 and right this minute people all over the word are talking and reading about one thing.  Clean water.

I know that most of the time I take it for granted that I can just go to the sink, turn on the faucet, and water comes out. Doesn’t seem like that big of a deal.  But in many places, just getting water in the first place is no easy task.  In Africa alone, 40 billion hours are spent every year just walking to the nearest source of water.

That 40 billion hours doesn’t count the additional time lost from school, work and taking care of their families because the water, that took all that time to get, made them sick.  Unsafe drinking water and the lack of general sanitation cause 80% of the diseases in places that  lack these necessities.

For the 900 million people world wide that do not have access to clean water and the 2.6 billion that lack basic sanitation, the people that get sick, suffer, and survive are the lucky ones. Every week  38,000 people die just because they lack clean water.  That number is astonishing.  Death caused by unfavorable water conditions out number all forms of violence including war.  Children make up the largest portion of this number because their bodies aren’t strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery, and other illnesses caused by unclean water and unsanitary conditions.

The UN General Assembly has declared that access to clean water and sanitation is a basic human right.  By 2015 the UN hopes to have the number of people that lack these basic human rights cut in half.  However, the solutions proposed are far from being implemented.

The good news is that there are a lot of people already working on this issue around the world today.  Since 1990, has impacted millions by building wells in areas where people don’t have water access. has, in four years, funded 2906 water projects. The NRDC works to conserve, clean, and protect water sources for the use of future generations.

How can you help?  Educate yourself.  Get involved with one of these organizations.  Try implementing some of these simple steps to cut down on water pollution.  Every person that decides to do their part brings the world one step closer to solving the problem of providing clean water for all people.

  1. elenasc says:

    Thanks for this post!
    Please read and share my post about Water’s footprint in Fashion
    You can make the difference!

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