Have you ever had to walk miles away just to get clean drinking water, or don’t even not have access to clean drinking water? People all over the world, even in North America, don’t have access to clean drinking water or have to walk very far just to drink water. The main areas where this problem is prominent is in third world countries, and this is due to the lack of money and sanitation (Millions Lack Safe Water). Due to this lack of sanitation, water borne diseases can grow and infect people who consume it. Clean water is very important for life, and within this paper I will explain why we need it, how it can affect us, and what it will take to obtain clean water.
Having clean water to drink means that water must have microbial, chemical and physical characteristics that meet WHO guidelines or national standards on drinking water quality. Around 780 million people in the world don’t have access to clean drinking water (Millions Lack Safe Water). More than 3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene-related causes. Nearly all deaths, 99 percent, occur in developing countries. Around the world, diseases in unclean water kill about 1,400 children every day (Clean Drinking Water). There are many organizations that raise money in order to help develop ways or create ways for people to obtain clean drinking water. However, many people are unaware that this is even a problem in other countries because we take clean water for granted.
Water is the most vital part of life. Water is needed from humans, to plants and other organisms, and to do basically everything. Water allows our bodily functions to work and to remove waste from our bodies. Plants need water to grow, and humans need plants to grow to provide oxygen. Plants also create things that we need, such as fruits, vegetables, wood, ect. We can use water to wash ourselves, our clothes, to cook food with, to water our plants, to make chemicals, ect. All of these things are necessary for humans, and we wouldn’t be able to do them without water.
The main reason we need water is to drinking it. However, the water we drink must be clean and free from pathogens and bacteria, because if we consume pathogens and bacteria it could get into our systems. When they enter our systems they can shut down our immune system and ultimately our whole body. According to Water.org, “around 3.4 million people die each year from water related diseases (Millions Lack Safe Water).” A way that we can keep our water clean is by making sure that runoff pesticides and chemicals don’t enter our pipings, rivers, streams, or even seep into the ground.
About three fourths of our plant is covered by water, and from Evergreen.edu only 0.37% of the earth’s water is drinkable (Global Water Cycle). Most of that water is frozen in glaciers, and we are not able to use it. That 0.37% has to be able to provide everyone all around the world with clean drinking water. We have a...