Are you sure you’re drinking clean and safe water?


Photo: www.theguardian.com/uk
Photo: http://www.theguardian.com/uk

It has often been said that an ordinary person would not be able to survive three days without water, and it is no secret that drinking water – clean water – is essential to living. Approximately two-thirds of our body’s mass is made of water, and it is commonly advised that we must have an average intake of eight to 10 cups of water to replenish what our bodies lose each day.

This infographic illustrates the benefits of clean drinking water, from helping with digestion to aiding body growth. Protecting drinking water is essential for public health, economic, and environmental reasons. The Department of Environmental Quality of Louisiana, USA recognises these and discusses each importance on their website, stressing the serious need to prevent water systems from contamination.

All over the world, numerous efforts are being made to ensure the continuous access to safe drinking water, with one-third of World Bank loans allocated to water projects. Likewise, World Health Organisation lists sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation as one of its major Millennium Development Goals (MDG). This goal – what it entails, how it supports the overall achievement of WHO’s MDGs, and what is needed to reach this target and how doing so will impact public health – is elaborated on WHO’s Water Sanitation and Health page. According to WHO, meeting the MDG target would avert 470 thousand deaths and result in an extra 320 million productive working days every year, echoing the aforementioned claim by the Louisiana state government.

These organisations all stress not only the importance of ensuring the abundance of water in our communities, but more so the importance of safeguarding the quality of water we consume every day. The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention describes in their website different ways drinking water safety is ensured in communities.

Local governments and non-government bodies are working hand in hand to see to it that water is continuously delivered to everyone in both quantity and quality, and it is also possible to doubly ensure this in our private households and offices. On our own, we can afford to bring ourselves and our families refined, energised, and alkalised water to provide ourselves better, healthier lives.

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