• Man needs 20-50 liters of waterper day to stay healthy. Every 9th human on Earth don't have it. Only 2/3 of the population have access to decent sanitation. Clean water can change their lives.

  • 30 000 die of dirty water diseases every week. These are intestinal infections. 90% of thу people are children up to 5 years. Their deaths could have been prevented if they have had acsess to clean and safety water

  • By 2050 the world's population will need 60% more food than it does now. Consumption of water in agriculture will increase by 19%. If thre's no water, people in developing countries will die from hunger. This can not be allowed in the middle of the XXI century!

  • International conflicts over water will flare up among the countries that share common rivers. Most of the rivers are shared by two, three or four countries. A Danube River passes through the territory of 18 countries. Peaceful coexistence of different people means rational use of water means the

  • Only half of girls in developing countries can afford going to school. The rest are busy collecting water. Access to water for the families of these girls is their chance to succeed in life. And to get those rights, which boys have. The elimination of gender inequality is a step towards prosperity

  • If all the people who spend their time collecting water now, will spend it on growing of crops on their farms, they will be able to save 150 million people from hunger! Enough water will help to defeat poverty and devastation in third world countries and to improve the welfare of the whole world

  • Infrastructure problems lead to the fact that 90% of all the sewage in developing countries fall back into the environment, polluting it. Constructing water treatment plants we will be able to save the planet, suggering from our garbage and dirt

  • 10% of all terrestrial beings inhabit fresh water. Most land animals also depend on freshwater. Over the past 40 years they decreased by 55%! The extinction of individual species can lead to the death of entire ecosystems, and thus there will be even less fresh water

  • Sufficient water can fight drought. Since the beginning of the last century 11 million people died because of drought . And drought does not distance from either developed or developing countries. Changing attitude towards water resources, we can stop global climate change

Hope for the future: 9 ways to change world using water

After the news about suffering from drought on the other side of the Atlantic – both in developing countries such as Cuba, and developed ones as the US - we start to think that the limited water resources are not just words. With the help of our colleagues in the non-profit organization Global Water Inc. we are studying how water supply improvement may change the world.

Most of the Russians are familiar with the concept of unplanned rain rather than unplanned drought. But the world is interconnected, and it is necessary for all of us to realize that clean and safe water is a very limited resource.

Explaining in simple terms, we understand limited water resources as the lack of water in general or lack of access to clean and safe water. It means that there are problems arise with amount or quality of water, and sometimes with both of them. Most of us can hardly imagine what it feels like when clean and safe water is not pouring from the tap at home, at work, in cafe toilet or anywhere. But for Third World countries finding affordable and reliable sources of water is a very long and expensive process. And this often has economic reason: water can be found, but there's no money to clean it, to build network, to transport and to clean wastewater

The problem of limited water resources is not solved and the scale of the disaster is rising: the fact is that the population becomes larger, and the fastest growth is observed in places where there is a problem with access to clean and safe water. By the way, the water is not only important for the health of the world's population, but also for political stability in regions: the lack of water, as it was turned out by experts from the UN, leads to political and social instability.

Access to clean and safe water affects four aspects of life directly. Firstly, education: adolescents who were previously sent for search of water, can now go to school and get a decent education. This is particularly important in the context of equal opportunities for both sexes: in fact, as a rule, girls were sent to find water. Second, health: clean water means clean hands and healthy body. So, people will not spend on treatment time and money which they could spend on improving their living conditions. Thirdly, satiety: much water means much of food. Sufficient amount of water can meet the growing needs of agriculture, and in turn it will be able to feed growing population. Fourth, the growth of welfare: the easier access to clean and safe water, the better people live. And vice versa. Providing water to the village, you can break the cycle of poverty and empower people to improve their lives.

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