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Solving The World’s Water Problems

In 1798, Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote The Rime of the Ancient Mariner with its famous (and often slightly misquoted) passage: “Water, water every where, Nor any drop to drink.” Now 215 years later, the demand for clean, safe water has never been greater, and the lack of it in so many underdeveloped regions has never been as dire a global crisis.

Here are some astounding statistics according to the United Nations, the World Health Organization and the World Bank:

  • 894 million people lack access to clean water, and having access to clean water for drinking and sanitation would prevent at least 9.1% of all global diseases and 6.3% of all deaths;
  • 3.4 million people die every year from illnesses directly attributable to the unclean water they drank or used to cook or clean;
  • Every 20 seconds a child dies from water-related disease; and
  • Over 50% of the world’s hospitals beds are occupied with people suffering from illnesses linked with contaminated water.

For too many of the world’s people, unsafe water is the thing most likely to make them sick or even kill them. At the same time, the arduous task of searching for, securing and transporting clean water takes a significant emotional and physical toll on millions of people each day. That responsibility usually falls upon women, depriving them of the opportunity to get an education, earn an income, and care for their children.

When I look at the global water crisis purely from a market-driven perspective, I see perhaps the single greatest imbalance of supply and demand that exists in the global marketplace. Demand is universal – after all, water is the one resource that no organism can survive without. We need clean water not only to sustain ourselves, but also for other basic necessities such as farming and sanitation. Yet supply is severely limited; hundreds of millions of people go without local access to clean water on a daily basis.

Source: Forbes

If through a combination of harvesting rainwater, recycling greywater and use of other water saving technologies you could save as much as 90% of your water demand, would this make a tremendous difference not to mention that you will have your own private water supply to regulate how you want.

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