by Taetske | 4:19 pm
(Last Updated On: September 20, 2019)

2000 Million people have no access to clean water

 

I have written before about your right to clean drinking water. Now, in January of 2018, I come across this sad news. 2000 million people have no clean water? That is a staggering figure don’t you think?  This is new data from the World Health Organization.  A large part of our body is made up of water.

This fact should make one realize the importance of daily clean drinking water, we need it to survive. Small children suffer the most if this basic element is missing in their daily lives.

To have no clean water also poses a sanitary problem. Each day some 800 children, younger than 5 years old, die of the consequences of not having clean drinking water. Illnesses like cholera, dysentery and intestinal diseases, which are transmitted through water, being one of the main reasons. Diarrhea is the second cause worldwide of death.

 

Beatiful lake in Chile

Beautiful lake in Chile

Open air toilets

It is hard to imagine that 400 million people still depend on getting their water supply directly from lakes and rivers (without any kind of filtration or treatment.) The lack of clean water also poses another related problem.  In rural areas, especially in poor countries, there are few or no toilets.  The so-called open-air toilets with no clean water to wash your hands afterward poses a big problem of infection.

Globally this has improved.  Data from 2000 to 2015 documents this lack of proper facilities has dropped from 20% to 12%. Some countries are doing their best to improve this situation. Big improvements can be observed In Ethiopia, open-air toilets have been reduced from 80% to 27% in those 15 years.

In Angola, basic access to clean drinking water has been significantly increased but there is still a 40% difference between people living in big cities or rural areas.

 

Clean water in a Brook

Clean water in a Brook

Safe management of water

Mr. Al-Hassan Adam, the international coordinator of End Water Poverty, commented that all big industries should do more to protect the hydro resources. In countries like Mexico, most water is still contaminated. In most poor countries there is an urgent need for infrastructure to guarantee the safe management of water.

 

How to convert salt water into drinkable water

One very interesting way of getting more clean and drinkable water is the desalination process. Rich countries have no problem with this but for poor countries, it might be a challenge. Obviously, only the countries with a coastline will consider this. The question is how far inland they would be willing to transport this clean water? probably not very far inland.

There are different options on the market like a floating unit along the coast. Countries with a hot climate might need more water. It rains less so there are not too many options. Egypt is planning to construct 16 desalination plants.

 

So much salt water available in the seas

So much salt water available in the seas

 

 

The Desalination Process

With enough energy, water can be evaporated and then condensed to produce pure water.  But this is very energy intensive and not practicable.  The desalination process, generally speaking, removes salts and minerals from seawater through a process of ultrafine filtration (reverse osmosis.)

The resulting water, free of the harsh solids, is now suitable for human consumption as well as agricultural needs. All countries which can afford to build these desalination plants will benefit from this fresh water source since about 70% of the surface of our planet is covered with ocean.

At the moment some 1 % of the world population depends on this system and it is said to be better water for your health than water obtained from groundwater or other sources. Lakes, rivers, and groundwater are often contaminated nowadays. Desalinated water contains less salt and also limescale.  The single biggest desalination project is in Ras Al-Khair in Saudi Arabia.

 

Conclusion

It is of utmost importance that new water sources are found or the ones existing be modernized and or amplified. The UN expects that 14% of the world population will suffer from water scarcity by the year 2025.

 

Source: Roshni  Majumdar in Share International, and Wikipedia

Photo Source: Pixabay

 

Perhaps you would like to read my post on solutions for our planet.

80 Solutions Global Warming, hope for our Planet

 

Comments

Ed

How sad, but so true, 2000 million people have no clean water.
Having traveled extensively around the world I encountered so many places where children on the back of donkeys were transporting water from the nearest well instead of attending school.
I had the good fortune to work on a desalination plant in Saudi Arabia. Fresh, clean water, made from the Red Sea is pumped free of charge to all parts of the Kingdom.
Unfortunately, other countries do not have the money to do this for their citizens.
You are absolutely correct, every person on planet earth has the right to clean water, it is essential to life.
How do we fix this problem?

Ed

Feb 01.2018 | 06:28 pm

    Taetske

    Good evening Ed,

    It is a staggering figure that 2000 million people have no clean water. People in western countries have it so good as this need is covered for most of them. ofcourse I do not want to get into a debate on the quality of water one gets from the authoreties  but we do not have to walk for miles to get it. By simply opening a water tap it comes out, something we take for granted.

    Rich countries like Saudi Arabia can afford to give all their citizens good water, it is just a question of money, to have or not to have. In the future it will be one of the main things people worry about and could probably also start a war because of it. I live in the south of Spain and the Climate Change is so evident. The whole country is thursty and lacks rain. 

    I hope science will come up with some new things but till then we just have to rely on many more desalination plants to be build. 
    Thank you for your visit, hope to see you again.

    Regards, Taetske

    Feb 01.2018 | 09:23 pm

Lenny

This is such a sad thing that so many people are out of drinking water. There is so  much water in this world I do not understand why scientist can’t or won’t convert the bad water to clean  drinking water. It’s got to be about politics or some greedy people will lose some pennies if that is done.

Nov 05.2018 | 04:52 pm

    Taetske

    Good evening Lenny,

    Thank you for visiting my website and leaving a comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    Yes, it is sad when in certain parts of the world people have not got the basic guaranteed. Water is such a “normal” thing in our countries that it is difficult to imagine there are places where one has to walk for miles to get it.

    Regards, Taetske

    Nov 05.2018 | 08:30 pm

Chris

It’s terrible to read things like this, and most of the time the countries that suffer from the lack of water, have rich neighbours that will do little to lend a hand. 

I always find it amazing that we managed to put men on the moon, get a probe on Mars, build artificial intelligence…yet the rich and powerful refuse to invest in human life. 

I hope your article get seen by A LOT of people – great read. 

Chris.

Nov 05.2018 | 04:53 pm

    Taetske

    Good evening Chris,

    You have put that really well. The billions spent on projects like going to the moon or investigating how Mars might be as a habitat but then on the other side showing a complete disrespect for human life. There is such a disbalance on our planet that it is frightening.

    I do not know where we are going, I mean as a human race but it does not look very promising.

    Thank you for reading my post. I hope to see you again.

    Regards, Taetske

    Nov 05.2018 | 08:31 pm

ajibola40

This is an informative article. It is so disheartening hearing that humans lack a good source of water in this present century we are. 

Most of the western countries have good water to drink and use.  African countries have little or nothing and not much is being done to help the situation. There are so many factors that contributed to the lack of good drinkable water. 

These factors are different from country to country and continent to continent in the world. 

Feb 14.2019 | 03:11 pm

    Taetske

    Good Morning Ajibola,

    Thank you for visiting my website and leaving a comment. I hope you have downloaded your free PDF?

    There is enough water for everybody but in some countries, it is wasted and in others, it is lacking. One has to be conscious of the fact that all human beings have a right to clean water. A lot still has to be done by governments to guaranty clean water for everybody.

    Regards, Taetske

    Feb 15.2019 | 06:59 am

Nate

Your post really opened my eyes.  Living in the arid west, I know lack of water is a growing problem. I never realized, however, that it would by 14% of the worlds population going without clean water.  It makes me appreciate what I have and inspires me to do something.  Thanks for sharing!

Mar 17.2019 | 10:09 pm

    Taetske

    Good Morning Nate,

    Having 2 websites since the beginning of 2017 has also opened my eyes on a lot of issues. I am now more aware of what is happening in our world. I live in the south of Spain and the lack of rain is a big problem. I have become more thoughtful with how I use the available water.

    Thank you for your comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    Regards, Taetske

    Mar 18.2019 | 07:04 am

Tolu

It is sad hearing that 2000 million people do not have access to drinking water when over 70 % of planet earth is made of water. Our body constantly needs water to stay in top shape. Government all over the world, especially in poor countries, need to do to provide potable drinking water to their citizen. it is sad seeing millions of children dying annually from water-borne diseases because of the carelessness of their government. i appreciate how you explained desalination process and its benefit

Mar 17.2019 | 10:20 pm

    Taetske

    Good Morning Tolu,

    Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment on my website. I hope you have downloaded your free PDF?

    Water is one of the things we cannot be without, all humans need it to survive. Things we think are normal like washing the car and watering the lawn might be seen as a luxury in countries where water is lacking. I have seen unusual methods of catching water from the air, easily build tower-like structures that capture the water. These were put up in very dry parts of Africa. Anyhow, it is urgent that cheap and effective methods are put into place so people worldwide have access to clean water.

    Regards, Taetske

    Mar 18.2019 | 07:12 am

Divine13

It really saddens my heart seeing people dying because of lack of good water…

I think the Government should provide more infrastructures and also find a solution to get this done..because it is not only affecting the people but also in the aspect of agriculture. I think something should be done fast so that we won’t have more people dying because of lack of good water.Thank you 

Mar 17.2019 | 10:47 pm

    Taetske

    Good Morning Divine,

    Thank you for your comment on my post. I hope you have downloaded your free PDF?

    It is very sad that so many people are lacking clean water when there is enough water for everybody. Infrastructure and distribution have to be updated so this problem might disappear. The problem is that it will get hotter because of Climate Change so this water problem could very well become bigger.

    Regards, Taetske

    Mar 18.2019 | 07:18 am

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