Today is World Water Day 2011. March 22 is designated as World Water Day. This year’s theme is “Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge,” in recognition of the fact that half the world’s population now lives in an urban area. The million dollar question. How long can you last without water?
A few facts and figures from the UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication:
- Between 1998 and 2008, 1052 million urban dwellers gained access to improved drinking water … However, the urban population in that period grew by 1089 million people and thus undermined the progress.
- 27% of the urban dwellers in the developing world do not have access to piped water at home.
- The urban poor pay up to 50 times more for a litre of water than their richer neighbours, since they often have to buy their water from private vendors.
- Contaminated drinking water results in cholera epidemics, faecal-oral diseases such as diarrhoea, and outbreaks of malaria.
Description of Youtube video. Don’t Drink That!!! a few weeks ago i was given the opportunity to fly to Haiti and document the struggles communities have to go through just to get clean water. thank you to Water.org and Haiti Outreach. if you’d like to keep up with the progress of the community of Fontan
Most folks taking having the availability of drinking water for granted. Watch the video below to learn more about fresh water supply around the world!
Drink water to give water…