Not everyone has access to safe and clean drinking water. Unsafe drinking water, inadequate availability of water for hygiene, and lack of access to sanitation together contributes to about 88% of deaths from diarrheal diseases (WHO 2020). Poor sanitation and contaminated water are also linked to transmission of diseases such as cholera, dysentery (infection in your intestines), hepatitis A, and typhoid (WHO 2020). Safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene has the potential to prevent at least 9.1% of the global disease burden and 6.3% of all deaths (CDC, 2020).
Most of us do not appreciate the significance of having access to clean and safe water until our access to it is gone. Access to safe and clean water can reduce illness and death from disease, leading to improved health, poverty reduction, and socio-economic development. We can all do something to preserve our water supply at home. Taking measures at home to conserve water not only saves you money, but also offers a benefit to the greater community. Learn 45 ways how you can make a difference and conserve your water use at home http://bit.ly/2NJvkWO.
Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (May 2021). Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. Retrieved from: https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/global/index.html
World Health Organization (WHO). (March 2021). 1 and 3 People Globally Do Not Have Access to Safe Drinking Water. Retrieved from: https://www.who.int/news/item/18-06-2019-1-in-3-people-globally-do-not-have-access-to-safe-drinking-water-unicef-who
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