Shocking Facts: Save Water Now or there will be nothing left to save
We equate water with life. Over the years, this indispensable resource has not only nurtured mankind, with civilizations having flourished around rivers and major waterways, but has also been used for transportation of materials through rivers and canals as well as international shipping lanes- playing a significant role in the world economy.
Water is deceptive. For while it pours freely in the skies and appears to flow endlessly in rivers, it’s a finite resource; we just have what we have. And though there is roughly 332,500,000 cubic miles of it in the world — just one-hundredth of one percent of the world’s water is readily available for individual use.
We really must understand how to show it some respect. We’re living in the time once we will need to conserve clean water and use it according to our usage only. Individuals at various places in India and other countries are facing a enormous water scarcity. They must be contingent on the government water source by tanks or any pure water reservoirs at long distance. They must choose a long distance on daily basis to organize drinking water.
Here are some shocking facts that can make you think twice before you waste the water next time.
Save Water Now or there will be nothing left to save
- Some 650 million people, or 1 in 10 of the world’s population, do not have access to safe water, putting them at risk of infectious diseases and premature death. Nearly 700 million Chinese people drink contaminated water. Surveys from 45 developing countries show that women and children bear the primary responsibility for water collection in the majority of households. This is time not spent working at an income-generating job, caring for family members, or attending school. In Africa and Asia, women and girls walk an average of 6km a day carrying water that weighs more than 40lbs. Imagine that. It’s equivalent to carrying a 40” flat screen television for more than 3.5 miles.
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- A one-minute shower with a conventional showerhead uses more water (at least 5 gallons) than most people in sub-Saharan Africa use in an entire day for basic drinking and hygiene purposes (average: 2-5 gallons). An average swimming pool loses 1,000 gallons (3,785 L) a month to evaporation and other causes. Well, two-thirds of the water used in the average home is used in the bathroom. You can save 2,190 gallons of water per person per year by only flushing the toilet once a day.
- Diarrhea is the 4th leading cause of child death, a majority of which are water-related. Diarrhea kills children at a rate equivalent to a jumbo jet crashing every ten hours. 66 children die from diarrhea every hour; access to clean water reduces this risk significantly. An estimated 622,000 children under the age of five die each year from diarrheal diseases globally.
- Around 1.5 billion people work in water-related sectors globally and neatly all jobs depend on the availability of freshwater, Two million deaths occur every year mainly because of poor quality drinking water, inadequate sanitation and hygiene.
- World Water Day is celebrated on March 22 every year. The United Nations General Assembly designated March 22 as World Water Day in 1993, it is to mark the importance of water to human civilization and nature, to inform, engage and act on water-related issues together for its sustenance, but it’s also a reminder of the fact that more than half a billion persons in the world still don’t have access to safe water.
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