Journey To Clean Water Discussion
Journey to Clean Water
“On average, women in developing countries walk 6 kilometers a day to collect water”
Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.
Developing countries have limited access to safe water. With the increasing number of uses for water the quantity is becoming scarce making it harder to find. We often take for granted the necessary uses of clean water. In developing areas the use of clean water is necessary for survival, sanitation and food. Finding a reliable source of safe water acquires hours to obtain and carry.
Acquiring clean water is the biggest issue among the global water crisis. Women and children are mostly responsible for fetching clean water. Currently women are spending 4 billion hours a day looking for clean resources. Still, water from distant sources may still contain contaminates which are harmful to humans and plants.
By Myra Tejeda
Table of Contents
Global Water Issue Page 1
Importance of Water Page 2
Global Water Crisis Page 3
Access to Clean Water Page 4
Moving Forward Page 5
Volume 1 March 6, 2017 Issue 1
The Importance of Having Water
By Tianqi Mao
Access to Clean Water is a Global Issue
By: Kliff Cramer
One in seven people in the world do not have access to clean water. Less than 25% of the worlds population is using water that is piped to their destination.
Access to clean water it taken for granted in the United States. However, it is important to realize clean water would be considered a significant luxury in many areas across the world. In most of these areas water is scarce, dirty, contaminated, and not located near dwellings.
Efforts are being made to improve the situations across the world,
but even with great effort, some areas are getting even worse.
In Africa, the population without access to clean water rose from 280 million in 1990 to 341 million in 2006. The efforts to raise coverage of clean
water are not keeping up with the population growth in Africa.
Our global community needs help. It is time to start treating our global community as our local community. Clean water is the solution.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN INGESTED?
The most common symptom of condition from drinking contaminated water is diarrhea, which is deadly to any population without a source of clean water Additional symptoms include nausea and vomiting.
Those living in 3rd world countries are exposed to unpurified water for extended periods of time. For them, affects are much more drastic. These people have heightened potential for cancer in skin and bladder, birth defects, and skeletal deformity.
By Audry Chau
In India, a mother living in the slums struggles to figure out how to spend her hard-earned rupees. She can only choose one of:
1. New clothes for her children,
2. Putting food on the table, or
3. A kerosene tank to boil water.
Her four children are so used to hunger, they no longer complain; but she can still hear their stomachs growl. She heartbrokenly decides on food even though she knows her 8-month-old infant passed away due to drinking the poisonous water.
DEADLY CONTAMINANTS IN WATER
WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?
In many 3rd world countries, water is commonly used as an open sewer for human waste and garbage. Of India’s 3,119 cities and towns, only 1 of 10 have partial sewage systems and treatment facilities. The following are the most common contaminants in water.
· Domestic Waste
· Industrial Waste
· Animal Carcasses
· Fecal Matter
By Yixin Zhu
“If we do not cherish the water, then we can see the last drop of water will be our own tears.”
Let the world be full of vitality, let us protect the water resources! Every day of our lives, we should cherish every drop of water, with practical action to cherish the water of life!
· 884 million people in the world lack access to safe water supplies.
· More than 840,000 people die each year from water-related disease.
· Almost 2 in 3 people who need safe drinking water survive on less than $2 a day.
· In many developing countries, millions of women spend several hours a day collecting water from distant, often polluted sources.
· Every minute a child dies of a water-related disease.
Impacts of No Access to Water
If no water in the world
If there is no water on the earth, dotted the lake will be dried up, the vast expanse of the ocean will disappear.
If there is no water on the earth, the trees will wither, a piece of grass yellow, the flowers will wither.
If there is no water on the earth, plants will die,. fruits and vegetables will not fat and tender green, fruit trees no longer hanging branches.
If there is no water on the earth, when people are hungry, they will have no water to cook; when tired, rushed to a weary without water; when thirsty, no water wet smoked throat.
“This particularly is a major issue in developing countries because 80 percent of people globally who lack access to water live in rural areas”
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“It is a crisis of managing water so badly that billions of people – and the environment – suffer badly.” World Water Vision Report
By Myra Tejeda
What can be done
With heightened awareness of the water scarcity in developing areas there is much that can be done to improve water availability for women and children. The goal is to help cut the amount of time spent a year global fetching water. In these areas water is a necessity to survive. Women use water for washing, cooking, cleaning. For this purpose it is important to provide clean water. Contaminated water can harm the environment that consumes it. These women do not only walk to get a drink, but for their survival.
Providing sustainable clean water will not only meet the primary needs of women and girls but also it will give them opportunities. Young girls will be able to attend school, because there would be ne walking for miles a day. Developing areas will become healthier due to water free of contaminants. Motality rates will decrease with the help of better sanitation practices. The women and children will no longer need to carry heavy containers filled with water. The process will develop confident and knowledgeable women, changing the mindsets in their communities and giving them a voice.