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A Life without the Convenience of Water from the Tap - World Water Day 2013

TODAY- Friday, March 22, 2013 is World Water Day! This annual event is sponsored by the United Nations and is an initiative to help bring clean drinking water and sanitation to those in remote and developing parts of the world. It is also meant to advocate the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

When you woke up this morning, it is likely you went into your bathroom and triggered your faucet to stream clean and drinkable water. You may have also tweaked it a little to be at just the right temperature. This is something people do every day without truly appreciating it. The next time you go to the water source in your home, think of the millions of people who do not have this luxury. The next time you are outside miserable in the rain, think of the people in developing countries and dry climates who pray for rain. The next time you are in a long line for the bathroom, think of those who have no facilities to wait for.

In the United States, when we have issues with our water we simply call a plumber. Many may see this as an inconvenience, but can you imagine a life without clean running water in your home or even the nearby area?

Food for Thought:

-It is estimated that there are 1.58 million deaths annually from diseases caused by unclean drinking water

-One person dies about every 20 seconds from water related illnesses, the majority of these are children

-37% of the world still does not have access to sanitation facilities

-Women and children spend 40 billion hours annually collecting water in Africa alone, often subjected to unsafe areas along the way

-The UN estimates: 783 million people do not have access to clean drinking water, 2.5 billion people do not have access to proper sanitation, and 6-8 million people die annually from the consequences of disasters and water related disease

-During the next 10 years, several countries important to the United States, will experience water issues

It is important we acknowledge these issues before it is too late. In the developed world, we must adopt sustainable alternatives to products that rob our environment of their natural resources. We must also be conscious of our own water use and ecological footprint. Numerous organizations are working to install wells and other fresh water sources in developing areas. Monetary donations to these groups or even word of mouth among friends help to make these organizations successful. The question is what will you do for World Water Day?

A mother and her children finish their day off by collecting dirty water in the Lira district of northern Uganda

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