Why is clean water so important? Why do some have it and some don’t? Why is having access to clean water NOT YET available to all?
You know water. You use water. You interact with it constantly, so much so that it becomes invisible. First thing in the morning you take a shower, turn on the faucet to brush your teeth and wash your hands after flushing the toilet. All with cleaner water than most of the world has to drink. Why?
IT’S SO SIMPLE, RIGHT?
But what happens when it’s not? Your morning routine drastically changes. You get up early, gather your children and start your 3.7 mile trek to collect water. You then spend up to 6 hours carrying over 40 lbs. of water – and it’s not even clean.
IN SHORT, NO.
The theory that local people have somehow “gotten used to” their sewage-impacted water source and gained immunity to the bacteria, viruses, and parasites just isn’t true. We can’t ignore the reality that last year almost a million people, mostly small children, died from waterborne disease.
IT’S NOT ABOUT PITY
If you are lucky enough to be born in a place where clean water is easily accessible, then you have a leg up. This infrastructure was made possible by the hard work of those who came before you. And that’s what we’re doing. Giving these amazing people, young and old, the jumpstart that they need so that this generation and many to come, can enjoy the same rights and privileges we have now.
Water is essential to life, therefore all people should have access to safe, clean, affordable water, no matter where they are and no matter who they are. Whether it’s 100 people in a remote community or 10,000 in an urban slum, everyone should be able to drink safe, healthy water.