Water is the foundation of mankind and one of the most important elements of the earth, yet still millions of people spend most of their lifetime in searching for clean and sanitary water. Most of us take it for granted, waste it and even end up paying too much for it. However, the real challenge is for those who live in developing and poor countries and have to walk around 3 miles every day for water (just water, it is not even clean!).
Clean water is the most dominant and ultimate goal for such people. Whilst clean water is available in some parts of these poor countries, not much of it makes its way to the needy. In this blog, let us discuss some of the ways in which clean water is going to change the developing world.
Clean Water & Its Effects
Different manners in which clean water will change the world are:
- Reduction In Death Rate
The reports by the United Nations suggest that around 783 million people do not have access to sanitary and clean water and 3.5 million people die every year due to its shortage.
Access to a clean and safe water supply can save the lives of nearly 1.5 million children a year and can reduce the death rate by 21%. Sanitation and hand-washing facilitated by clean water can reduce the death rate by 37% and 35% respectively.
- Elimination Of Water-Borne Diseases
Diarrhoea is the main disease that is caused by drinking dirty water. It leads to around 30,000 deaths every week in developing and poor countries. Ensured supply of clean and safe drinking water will reduce the waterborne diseases in people and will lead to an increase in their lifespan.
- Reduce Conflict Amongst Countries
It has been estimated that in the future, countries will not get into war over oil, but for water. Therefore, ensuring that each country gets an equal share of clean water is one way to prevent war.
- Women Empowerment
In countries like Africa, most of the water-fetching work is done by women and girls. On an average they spend nearly 6 hours daily fetching water. A clean supply of water will make sure that the women are not forced to fetch water daily and instead can enrol in schools.
- Enhance Agriculture Outputs
Places where people are completely dependent on farming and have to spend most of their time in fetching water, will be able to improve the crop growth if fresh and clean water is made available to them. The increase in agricultural outputs will directly influence the world’s economy and raise the financial state of the developing and poor countries.
These are some of the changes that will be seen in the world if each and every country is given an adequate supply of clean water. If you also want to contribute in helping the people who face shortage of water, you can help by getting associated with water charitable organizations.