In the U.S., water quality is important—but it seems unless we’re traveling outside our borders, it’s not too high on our radar. While we’re continuously making efforts in our own cities and towns to keep up with infrastructure, other areas in the world aren’t as fortunate to turn on a tap and have purified water.
In fact, the number of how many people struggle to have access to clean water is staggering and heartbreaking—especially to think of how children are impacted. (In fact, 90 percent of 30,000 unsafe water-related deaths each week are children under age 5, according to CharityWater.org.) Plenty of research and statistics are available to see the impact of these poor conditions, and Water.org breaks down a few gut-wrenching numbers:
- 3.4 million people die annually from water-related disease (which is almost the population of Los Angeles)
- Out of the 780 million people in the world, about one in nine lack access to clean water (that number is equal to more than 2.5 times the U.S. population)
- Diseases from unsafe water kills more people than violence
- Water is exponentially more expensive for those living in low-income situations
So, what can we do from hundreds or thousands of miles away? There are a number of ways to help bring fresh and potable water to millions across the world—even from the comfort of your office or home. This year’s Water Day is quickly approaching, and you can donate time (and money) to giving someone clean water for a day. UNESCO and UNICEF also have excellent programs to bring safe water to those in need, and EndWaterPoverty.org and CharityWater.org are non-profits to check out as well.
At Fluidtrol, we take great pride in improving water quality for many industrial and commercial clients; however, we know there is still a majority of the world where clean water isn’t accessible for everyone. To learn more how you can join the fight for clean water, visit one of the sites above, or contact us at Fluidtrol today.