Today’s World Water Day

Posted: Μαρτίου 22, 2012 in ink to think and action
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We all know how important water is for our life. We need to drink water to survive and to  stay healthy. We need water for bathing, cleaning and cooking. We also know how important it is to solving hunger.

Water access especially for the world’s poorest populations, is seriously at risk. Do you know that 1.1 billion people in the world lack access to safe drinking water? Unsafe drinking water kills 6,000 people each day and causes more deaths  annually than war and other acts of violence.

When you hear that a woman walks on average 3.7 miles per day in a developing country to collect water, consider it a global issue.  When women collectively spend 200 million hours per day collecting water, know that you can not sit back and watch from the sidelines. Consider it an international call and appeal. World Water Day seeks to raise awareness and advance solutions to ending this worldwide epidemic.

Agricultural irrigation consumes enormous quantities of water in developing countries, irrigation often exceeds 80 percent of total water use. Improved technologies to more efficiently provide crops with water , such as “drip irrigation,” can substantially reduce agricultural water demand. Already some countries, such as Jordan, have reduced water  use substantially with drip technology.

Yet another strategy for improving water  availability and safety would be small decentralized distillation units, an especially attractive approach in places where infrastructure and distribution problems are severe. One of the main issues is economical distribution of water to rural and low-income areas. Some current projects are striving to produce inexpensive distillation units that can remove contaminants from any water source. A unit smaller than a dishwasher could provide daily clean water for 100 people.

These are just some solutions that  will help tackling the problem before it grows out of hand.

Without water, there is no world, no life. Don’t waste it.

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