There are a few natural resources that are obviously vital to our survival. These vital resources at the most basic level include food, water, and air. Air is the direst being that humans can only approximately 3-6 minutes. The longest thing we can go without is food and it is estimated that we can survive without eating something for 3 weeks. Water is in the middle and it is estimated we can survive 3 days without it.
As we all know we are far from “clean drinking water equality” and there are many regions of our planet. World leaders, a few years back signed a pledge of clean water and toilets for all by 2015. Here are a few facts about the current state of clean water access for people.
- In Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, nearly 1 billion people in rural areas have no access to improved water supplies.
- Polluted water is estimated to affect the health of more than 1.2 billion people, and to contribute to the death of an average 15 million children every year.
- In 1994, WHO estimated the number of people without access to clean drinking water at 1.3 billion. By 2000, nearly 1.2 billion people lacked access to clean water, while 2.4 billion lacked access to adequate sanitation services.
- To achieve 2015 sanitation targets in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, an additional 2.2 billion people will have to be provided with sanitation facilities.
Below is a video from wateraid.org using a cleave method to make others think about this global issue and get involved.
There are small steps that are being made with the use of charitable donations and a emerging water filter technology. Ceramic water filters have proven equally effective, and the choice must be made on other factors which include, for example, effectiveness, availability of materials, costs, ease of transportation, longevity, and preferences of the beneficiaries.
If interested in helping in this global initiative, below are a few organizations that are dedicated to helping solve this possible looming world crisis.