This year World Water Day, an annual UN observance day (22 March), went past us without any major discussion or commitments by the world leaders who are preoccupied with rapidly increasing cases of novel corona-virus infection and consequent death toll in their countries. The 'WW-day' is earmarked annually to give due importance to sustainable management of freshwater resources that are depleting for various reasons. The aim is to achieve better results toward sustainable safe water by 2030.
The coming summer happens to be a crucial time for the Asian and other countries that may experience slow decline in the ground water table, particularly, in this time of serious world health crisis due to Covid-19 pandemic that may appear to last through the summer. So, we need to focus on water conservation, clean water, sanitation and hygiene as part of targets of Sustainable Development Goal 6. The UN World Water Development Report (WWDR) is released each year around World Water Day. Life-Water selects a theme for each year in consultation with UN organizations that share an interest in that year's focus and this year the theme is "Water and Climate Change" and how the two issues are closely linked.
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01. More than twice the population of the United States have no direct access to clean and safe water.
02. Unsafe water causes most deaths - more than the total number of death from all forms of violence, including war.
03. About 1 in 4, lacks access to a toilet or latrine. They can not attend the nature's call in privacy. Two billion people face this basic necessity.
04. Diarrhea related diseases pose health problems for them and kill one child every 60 seconds. Such diseases cause more deaths than malaria, AIDS and measles put together.
05. Unsafe water is a major headache in poorly developed Countries (about a quarter (22%)
06. In the arid and sub arid sub-Saharan Africa, women and girls, the UN reports say, spend most time - an estimated 40 billions hours a year collecting water for cooking purpose, etc.
07. It is said, as far as children are concerned, they lose an estimated 400 million school days, besides loss of 272 million each year due to water-related diseases and diarrhea alone.
08. In the case of many developing countries, gathering water is a big chore for the women who significantly lose their farming time in an agricultural space. Their farming productivity is at a loss.
09. Yet another interesting information is if $1is invested in safe water and sanitation, it will yield economic activities worth $5 to $28 USD leading to reduce health care costs.
To keep the economy of any country in good health, the foremost need is easy access to safe water that will promote a healthy population, sustainable strong economy and overall progress. Already on hand we have a huge safe-water problem that can be solved with meticulous care and planning.
Life-water donors have helped millions of people get access to safe water and practice life-saving healthy habits. Though the water crisis is showing signs of decline, it is a long way to go. The main target is irrespective of regions, no child should go without safe and potable water. Our posterity ought to be healthy to keep the world going on a safe path. (this post is based on the article mentioned here-under)
''Water is precious ” not only for the human being but also for the entire ecosystem. It is a fact that 71 percent of the land is covered by the water on the earth in which 97 percent of the water is covered by the ocean and only 3 percent of it is in use for drinking and other purposes. It is important to save the water for the present and future generations because we totally depend on it in our ''Daily Life.''