Nonfiction in response to Good Health and Well-being
March 2018
By Amrita Bhasin
CC Image Courtesy of pope saint victor

It’s 2018, and there are 844 million people without access to safe water. Many of us take clean water for granted and don’t even consider how easily we have access to safe water. Yet, in certain parts of the world, clean water is not the norm. Unfortunately, a lack of sanitary water is dangerous, and The Water Project reports that 20% of deaths under the age of 5 are linked to a water-related disease.

           

This is also an economic crisis if you consider the amount of time people spend transporting water from one place to another in developing nations. People in rural areas are especially at a disadvantage, as it is even more expensive and complicated to provide clean water. In countries like India, many women have to trek for hours to find water, some traveling through unsafe terrain for miles and making multiple trips every day.

           

Recently, innovative devices like ceramic water purifiers have been introduced, especially to poor, rural areas. These devices can make a significant change in a necessary and everyday part of peoples’ lives.

           

When considering problems in today’s world, it is imperative to find a solution for unequal/inadequate accessibility to safe water. Water is used in so many different ways, so this is a very important issue to address.

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