I can’t imagine my life without clean water!
How many people in the United States take clean water for granted? Can you imagine having to filter and boil water from a river or stream every day just to wash your clothes, dishes, and body?
According to WHO, here are some key facts:
- In 2015, 71% of the global population (5.2 billion people) used a safely managed drinking-water service – that is, one located on premises, available when needed, and free from contamination.
- 89% of the global population (6.5 billion people) used at least a basic service. A basic service is an improved drinking-water source within a round trip of 30 minutes to collect water.
- 884 million people lack even a basic drinking-water service, including 159 million people who are dependent on surface water.
- Globally, at least 2 billion people use a drinking water source contaminated with faeces.
- Contaminated water can transmit diseases such diarrhoea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and polio. Contaminated drinking water is estimated to cause 502 000 diarrhoeal deaths each year.
- By 2025, half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas.
- In low- and middle-income countries, 38% of health care facilities lack an improved water source, 19% do not have improved sanitation, and 35% lack water and soap for handwashing.
“884 million people lack even a basic drinking-water service…”!
There are over 326 million people in the United States (source). Can you imagine our entire country not having access to safe clean water?
As I sit here sipping ice cold water, I consider myself extremely fortunate to have access to clean water for drinking and for keeping myself and my house clean and disease free.
What resource do you appreciate most in your life?