Sunday, April 14, 2013

Water everywhere, but is there enough?


Globally, water is everywhere, available in abundance in some countries, whereas other countries are suffering extreme shortages. Some countries like Brazil experience both extremes: drought and abundance. In 2006, a United Nations Report stated, “Overcoming the crisis in water and sanitation is one of the greatest human development challenges of the early 21st century.” Water is everywhere, yet more people are dying from a lack of clean water in our world than from war. If we as a society and a community became involved we could help the 780 million people around the world who do not have access to clean water. Two main issues are how to replenish depleting water reservoirs and how to ensure every community has a sewage sanitation system, so their water sources are not contaminated. Water.org states, “3.4 million people die each year from a water related disease.” With all of our wealth and resources, globally, we need to address the causes and find solutions to the water problem. One key step is education, educating our society and various communities in order to understand the issues and protect individuals from dying due to a lack of clean water. 

Here are two websites, which discuss the water crisis, the issues, possible solutions, and ways to get involved:

www.water.org

http://haitiwater.org/why/why-clean-water

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