The World Water Crisis is nothing to overlook. It is a serious growing issue that has unbelievable statistics already. While we here in the United States take for granted the unlimited water we have at our disposal, there are nearly one billion people lacking access to clean water worldwide, majorly in developing countries. To let that statistic set in, realize that that is the amount of more than 2½ times the population of the United States. This is a HUGE health risk for a number of reasons. First, drinking contaminated water causes an unreal amount of health issues that can and do ultimately lead to death. Additionally, the lack of sanitation is a health risk as there is no clean water to cleanse ones body or simply wash your hands after a hard days work or before preparing a meal. According to the World Health Organization, if current trends continue, there will be 2.7 billion people without access to basic sanitation by 2015. An interesting statistic claims that more people have a mobile phone than a toilet. The United Nations World Water Development Program also made the impacting statement that declares that the water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns. Everyone should have access to clean water. But, how do you maintain a well or pump?
Even after a well is dug and made ready to use, it requires maintenance from time to time. Plus, getting the community where the well is built involved is key to successfully keeping clean water in their reach. After all, 50% of water projects fail due to their lack of involvement. Some general tips for maintaining a well are making sure it is first properly disinfected and then making sure to take care of problems quickly and adequately before recontamination is able to take place. One common occurring problem is a rubber gasket wearing out, a part of the well that is vital in its successful functioning. As long as individuals are educated on how to fix it, it is fairly inexpensive and if taken care of quickly will certainly keep a community from having to return to the contaminated waters causing their health problems.
Let’s do something about this crisis, starting with conserving and appreciating the water we do have. And drink Peeps. You’re helping us build and repair wells to change these horrendous statistics.