Water And Life

Of course I wish I were in school. I want to learn to read and write….
But how can I? My mother needs me to get water.

Yeni Bazan, age 10, El Alto, Bolivia. Quote rewritten from HDR2006.

Today I would like to share some water-related facts we should be familiar with.

  • Access to water for life is a basic human need and a fundamental human right.
  • For almost a century water use has been growing almost twice as fast as population.
  • Lack of drinking water is the primary cause of illness and death in the world.
  • Every year some 1.8 million children die as a result of diarrhoea and other diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation.
  • More than 1 billion people are denied the right to clean water and 2.6 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation.
  • In developing countries children often go for water instead going to schools.
  • Over the past 50 years, there have been some 37 cases of reported violence between states over water—and most
    of the episodes have involved minor skirmishes.
  • The agricultural production to feed the people would be impossible in near future (2050) without wise use of water.
  • Millions of the world’s people lack access to safe water not because of scarcity, but because they are locked out by poverty, inequality and government failures.
  • By one estimate water purification explains almost half the mortality reduction in the United States in the first third of the 20th century.
  • Dripping taps in rich countries lose more water than is available each day to more than 1 billion people.
  • Every $1 spent in the water/sanitations sector creates on average another $8 in costs averted and productivity gained.
  • Almost half the developing world lacks access to sanitation.
  • With support from aid donors, even the poorest countries have the capacity to mobilize the resources to achieve change.
  • Viewed at a global level, there is more than enough water to go around and meet all of humanity’s needs.
  • Global warming will transform the hydrological patterns that determine the availability of water.
  • Combating climate change demands that we place ecological imperatives at the heart of economics.

The facts was quoted from HDR2006, HDR2008, and Veoila Water.

Time to take action is now.

Leading photo by [ Kane ]

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