The Importance of Water Quality and Access Around the World

Did you know that almost two billion people cannot access safe water? And that’s just the people who live in rural areas! In urban areas, the number of people without access to safe water is even higher. This is a huge problem, and it will only worsen. Water quality is declining worldwide, and we are running out of freshwater supplies. This blog post will discuss the importance of water quality and access worldwide. We will also provide ways that you can help make a difference!

Lighted Buildings Near Body of Water
Photo by Johannes Plenio

When people, especially children, have access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, they lead healthier and more successful lives. It is something that most of us take for granted in the UK but with hose pipe bans, droughts and water pressure issues that may last well into next year. We can do things within our own homes to help reduce our water usage, dispose of household hazardous wastes, clean up after our pets and, if you have one, maintain septic systems and, in turn, protect our drinking water.

Water is Essential for Life

Water is necessary for the survival of all known forms of life. Unfortunately, even though 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered in water, only about 0.007% of that water is available as fresh drinking water. The remaining 99.993% of Earth’s water is salty or otherwise undrinkable. This means that less than one per cent of the water on Earth is available to support six billion people and all the other plant and animal life.

How to Improve Water Quality and Accessibility

There are many ways to improve water quality and accessibility, and some of these methods may be more applicable to larger organisations than just your average family home. Still, there are also many things that everyday people can do to make a difference. Below are five strategies for improving water quality and accessibility:

  • Advocating for change is a powerful way to improve water quality and accessibility. Contact your local, county, and country representatives to let them know that water quality and accessibility are essential to you.
  • Educate yourself and others about water contamination issues to be more effective advocates.
  • Supporting organisations working to improve water quality and access is also a great way to make a difference.
  • Use less water in your daily life by making small changes like turning the tap off while you brush your teeth.
  • Reducing the amount of pollution you generate is also essential. You can recycle, compost, and use less single-use plastic.

These are just a few ways to improve water quality and accessibility. Every little bit makes a difference, so start taking action today!

Are you affected by contaminated water? Thus, these Camp Lejeune advocates can help you, so contact them.

Water Pouring on Person's Hand
Supporting organisations working to clean up

Poor Water Quality can Lead to Disease.

One of the main ways that poor water quality can lead to disease is by contaminating drinking water with harmful bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and helminths. These microorganisms can cause various diseases, including cholera, dysentery, typhoid fever, and polio. In addition to these diseases, poor water quality can lead to skin infections and respiratory illnesses.

In conclusion, water quality and accessibility are significant issues worldwide, and we need to take action to improve these conditions before it’s too late. You can make a difference by advocating for change, educating yourself and others, supporting organisations working to enhance water quality and access, using less water in your daily life, and reducing the pollution you generate. What will you do to help save water?

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