01 May '11, 1pm

Precious Water:

Precious Water:

Chances are, if you are reading this you have the convenience of turning on a faucet and having a glass of water to drink. You have a toilet that flushes away waste, and you may even have a hose or sprinkler system to quench the thirst of a garden. Those of us living in developed countries have the luxury of potable water, yet more than 1 billion people in low- and middle-income countries lack access to safe water for drinking, personal hygiene and domestic use. Water scarcity is a dire situation, but there is hope. Twenty percent of the world’s population lacks reasonable access to adequate and safe water, in sub-Saharan Africa that number is 42 percent. And consider this one statistic, of many: 1.8 million people (90 percent under the age of 5) die every year from diarrhoeal diseases, 88 percent of which is attributed to unsafe water supply. Most water-related diseases a...

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