Essay on Clean Water And Clean Drinking Water

1368 Words Apr 27th, 2016 6 Pages
1 in 10 people don’t have access to clean water. In countries across the world, particularly countries torn by civil war or poverty, clean drinking water is hard to find. This dirty drinking water leads to disease and is a factor in these countries various struggles with maintaining a healthy economy and high literacy rate. In places like the US, clean water often isn’t a problem we have to think about; we rarely have cases like Flint, Michigan. But in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Chad, Laos, Ghana, India and Bangladesh this is a luxury they do not have. While 1 in 10 people don’t have access to clean water worldwide, only 87% of people in Afghanistan have access to clean water, 12% of the population struggle. To put this into perspective, 12% of the US population is the entire population of Rhode Island. The issue of countries not having the means to provide clean, safe drinking water to their population needs to be ratified at once. Disease and parasites flourish naturally in stagnating or dirty water. It is a rapid, effective way to infect many people quickly. Well-known waterborne illness include malaria, cholera, E. Coli, Hepatitis A and Salmonella. These illnesses do not only result as a product of nature; if fecal matter and other waste like pesticide runoff are not disposed of properly, they can mix with the water and invite other deadly diseases into the body. Water Wells and outhouses are usually not dug far enough apart and thus the rot from the fecal matter…

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