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Water Crisis

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Imagine having to walk miles and miles in the scorching heat just to get water that is probably not even safe to drink. The majority of us are lucky enough to not have to do this, but 748 million people do not have access to an adequate source of drinking water and are forced to drink from a contaminated one order to survive.

Water makes up 70% of the Earth’s surface with only 3% being freshwater and the rest as either salt water or frozen in glaciers, unavailable for our use. On top of that, pollution is constantly diminishing our supply.

Water is arguably the most crucial natural resource and our wasteful habits have to stop. An average american exhausts 370 liters of water per day and a european manages on 250 liters. All while billions of people in poverty stricken countries have to make do with less than 19 liters a day.

Countries that are located near a safe water source or have running water tend to be more developed. Not having access to clean water has damaging effects not only on an individual’s health, but also the country’s education and economy. Each year 3.4 million people die from water-borne illnesses such as cholera and typhoid fever. Children and women suffer from body disproportionality by this crisis because they are often the ones who are in charge of collecting the water.

The time spent to collect water that isn’t even sanitary takes away from their education and opportunity to pursue other skills. Providing safe water for drinking and sanitation will allow families to pursue their education, work opportunities, and break out of poverty.

The water crisis doesn’t only affect developing countries: Spain, Australia and and the US have recently faced droughts. Every year as the world’s population grows the water crisis becomes more and more severe. And just because most of us have not yet experienced the results of water scarcity does not mean that we can’t be affected. If we do not figure out a way to provide clean water to all parts of the world, by 2025 two-thirds of the world’s population may face water shortages.

But there is hope. The first step to finding a resolution to this crisis is acknowledging our wasteful habits. Letting your faucet run for just five minutes while washing dishes can waste up to 3 litres of water and leaky pipes can waste up to 10,000 liters of water each year. The next stage is to find more efficient alternatives. Using a low-flow shower head, you can save 50 liters of water during a 10-minute shower and Simply turning off the tap while brushing your teeth can save 11 liters of water. You do not have to completely change your habits, but as cliche as it sounds even a small change in your daily habits can have an impact on the rest of the world.

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