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Clean Drinking Water, a Resource Unavailable to Many, is Vital for Survival

Pure drinking water is a big problem in the developing world. While there are several sources helping with this dilemma, there are still almost one billion people without access to clean water. That is around one in eight people.

Water is a basic need for survival. Without it, your body will not function. This liquid accounts for more than half your body weight. Lack of water results in dehydration, which in serious cases, can lead to illness. And, survival for more than a few days without it is extremely unlikely.

In developed nations, safe water is not a problem. In addition to clean water, we also have access to water filtration systems. Some of these water systems might also have a self cleaning filter. There are even water bottles that have filtration systems. The point is, in developed countries we not only have access to clean water, but equipment that further filter sediment and other potential pollutants from our drinking water to ensure optimal cleanliness. In less developed countries, however, the lack of access to clean water brings about many deaths each year. Further, the lack of sanitary drinking water in less developed countries is the number one cause of disease in the world. Thousands of people who have consumed contaminated drinking water die every day from these diseases. Some diseases that can be present in contaminated drinking water include amoebic disease, cholera, diarrheal disease and typhoid among other risky diseases.

Not only do individuals need safe water for drinking, but a shortage of this resource also affects hunger. As with humans, without water livestock and crops cannot survive. This also has a bad effect on the individuals in the community. Without sources for food, people begin to starve. This weakens their body, which makes them much more vulnerable to illness. Further, a weak body does not have much hope for battling any type of sickness.

The dilemma of safe water does not just affect one person; it has an impact on communities as a whole. The answer to this dilemma, therefore not only helps one individual, but many. Providing an impoverished, under-developed community with safe water helps their entire population and its economy. And, the solution is often in close proximity to the community, they typically are just lacking the tools or equipment to obtain it.

Often in more developed countries we forget to value all we have available to us, including clean water. What may seem like a little luxury to us can be a life-changing resource to less developed areas of the world.

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