No doubt water is life, and without it, life existence is impossible. Water is one of the most valuable, and needed resources on Earth. It not only covers 2/3 part of the earth’s surface but also more than half of our body mass. However, 70% of the human body is made up of water, and with this, we can estimate the importance of water.
You might be one of them who have effortless access to clean drinking water in taps. While many people around the globe even don’t have clean water to drink. So, with this, it is concluded that life is not as easy as it seems.
However, keeping in mind the importance of water, thus, it becomes crucial to find the legitimate solution for the most horrible and ever-growing water-related challenges.
So, today, we have piled up a list of critical issues that people are facing regarding water availability and consumption. Do read this article and get everything you need to know about water.
Do you know there are almost 663 million people around the globe who have no access to clean drinking water? Yes, 663 million people!
We even don’t realize how much wasting clean water could threaten our future and the availability of water resources.
According to a report from UNICEF data, there were 71% of people in 2015 who had access to a clean, and safe water supply. However, this is defined as water from improved sources always available when needed. While 1.3 billion population reply on essential water service. This is defined as water availability within 30 minutes of around-trip.
However, many other countries even don’t have such access. While on the other hand, there are 2% of people who depend on surface water.
According to another survey, many countries have less to no access to safely managed water just like African and Asian people. Their women walk almost 6km every day to get water and carry up to 20kg. However, the estimated total time that spends in collecting this much water is 125 million hours.
Well, it is interesting to know that in most of the developing countries 20 litres of water a day is enough for drinking, cleaning, cooking and other needs. This estimation is from WHO, while on the other hand, the same water volume can be consumed in 1 minute during a shower and it just happens!
So, that’s mean an average human uses more water in 1 minute than those people who live in Sub-Saharan Africans which use the same amount for the whole day. However, ultimately consumption patterns connect with cost and vary from country to country.
While talking about the cost of buying safe water, then developed countries comparatively need to pay less amount for having water in pipes than those who live in under-developing countries. However, according to the data from WaterAid, 60% of Papua New Guinea’s population have not accessed to clean water. And if have, then the cost is 50% more than in developed countries.
In 2016, the average cost of safe water supply in developing countries was $2.61 for 50 litres while in the US it was $0.10 for the same volume. So, from there, you can conclude what the current situation of water supply around the world is.
Aside from all these water finical costs, there are also many health-related problems due to unsafe water supply which cause water-related diseases in children. And according to UNDP, almost 1000 children die every day due to poorly sanitised water.
So, please save water and consume as much as you require. Your self-indulgence can take someone life away. Be careful!