It is devastating to know that not everyone has access to clean, safe water. As a result, every year, 3.575 million people die due to complications of diseases related to drinking unclean, unsafe water. The theory that people can grow used to sewage-impacted water sources and gain immunity to the accompanying bacteria, viruses, and parasites is not only untrue but also inhumane. Have you wondered how the body is affected by drinking clean water, free from toxins? In the content below, we explore five effects of clean water and how access to safe and purified drinking water improves the health and lifestyle of those previously without.
5 Effects of Clean Water
#1. Prevented Water-Borne Illness
As we mentioned above, 3.575 million people die every year as a direct result of water-borne illness. When people without access to clean water resort to drinking from contaminated water sources, someone could easily contract diseases such as cholera, diarrhea, dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid, and polio. However, a major effect of clean water is that it helps prevent water-borne illness.
#2. Raised Sanitation Standards
Another effect of clean water is the ability to obtain higher sanitation standards. Just how we rinse off our fruits and vegetables before eating them, it is imperative that the water you wash with is purified and safe to use. Furthermore, the same applies to how we wash our bodies.
We ingest water through our food, and our body even absorbs some of the water we wash with. Therefore, both are difficult to do effectively if you do not have clean water. As a result, even if your drinking water is clean and purified, washing with unclean water can still make you susceptible to various hazards.
#3. Hydrated Body and Flushed Toxins
As the body is naturally comprised of 60% water, it is imperative that the water that enters your body is derived from and clean and safe source. For optimal functionality, humans must stay thoroughly hydrated with clean water. Several benefits of hydration include:
- Promoted cardiovascular health
- Lowered and regulated body temperature
- Proper functionality of muscles and joints
- Supple skin
- Optimal kidney function (lower risk of kidney stones, UTIs, and kidney failure)
Additionally, hydration also helps the body naturally flush toxins from within. However, with unclean and contaminated water, more toxins enter the body than those that leave it, creating a harmful environment for bacteria and illness to spread.
#4. Boosted Agriculture and Food Production
Agriculture and food production are crucial for everyone across the globe. If a small village’s crops are irrigated with contaminated water, any bacteria and diseases found in the water can be spread to those who eat the contaminated crops. However, the safest food sources stem from working with safe and clean water.
#5. Improved Women’s Health
Did you know that the average distance someone in a developing community walks to fetch water is 3.75 miles? In most cases, collecting the daily water supply falls on the women in a village.
On average, a 5-gallon jug filled with water amounts to 44 pounds. Over time, the excessive weight of the water containers carried over a long distance can create additional health issues for the individuals carrying it. Also, imagine how much more challenging the task of toting a water jug would be when already suffering from dehydration brought on by drinking unclean water.
However, by providing clean and accessible water to the millions without, you can improve women’s health as they spend their day finding a clean water source for themselves and their families.
Instilling Hope with Healing Waters International
Hope leads to thriving. We believe people thrive when their physical and spiritual needs are met. Instilling hope in others helps change people spiritually, emotionally, and physically. When people have hope, they positively change, leading to improved health. Hope-filled, healthy people do not have to worry about where their clean water will come from.
At Healing Waters International, our model is incomplete without this key element. Freed from the burden of unsafe water, our prayer and vision is that people don’t just survive, they thrive: full of hope and the freedom to learn, work, and pursue their dreams.
Engage in Long-Term Success
We work with the local community to produce a long-term monitoring and evaluation plan. Reporting water program outputs and impact not only ensures accountability but enables us to learn how to keep doing things better. It also allows the local leaders to adjust and make improvements in hardware and sustainable practices that keep safe water flowing.
Our experience over the last 15 years has taught us the value of strategic partnerships. We partner with other like-minded organizations whose mission, vision, and approach to poverty alleviation aligns with our own, and who have identified safe water as an essential component of their work.
This includes local churches within the communities, church leaders at the national level, as well as international non-profits and many others. We all need the chance to pursue a quality of life that begins with the necessity of accessible, safe water. And we can all do something to help! We invite you to join us at Healing Waters International.
Contact us today for more information about ways to partner with us. Together, we can end the global water crisis!
We’re on a mission to end the global water crisis. We build holistic clean water solutions and spread God’s love in at-risk communities around the world, empowering people not just to survive, but to thrive – physically, socially and spiritually.