World Water Day

Today is “World Water Day.”

“World Water Day” is a day that is committed to informing self and others about the great need for clean, safe drinking water and sanitation that exists in our world today.

Water.org,  a non-profit organization that exists to provide clean, safe drinking water and sanitation to people in developing countries, helps us to understand how very critical it is that people have safe drinking water and clean sanitation. You can find extremely valuable facts, statistics, and information about these needs on their website here.

Some of the facts about water and sanitation that you’ll find on their website are:

  • Less than 1% of the world’s fresh water is readily accessible for direct human use
  • 3.575 million people die each year from water-related disease
  • 84% of water-related deaths are in children ages 0-14
  • 98% of water-related deaths occur in the developing world
  • An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the typical person living in a developing country slum uses in a whole day
  • Only 62% of the world population has access to improved sanitation – defined as a sanitation facility that ensures hygienic separation of human excreta from human contact
  • The majority of the illness in the world is cause by fecal matter
  • Every 15 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease

As I am writing this post, I am remembering my trip to a developing nation almost two years ago. We were cautioned while there, and we heeded the cautions, to never drink water from water fountains or faucets, even in our hotel rooms. In fact, there were signs in the hotel bathrooms warning us that if we drank water from the tap, we needed to either boil it first or use water purification tablets to insure the water’s purity. Every- where I went in the country, I drank bottled water purchased in stores or from road-side vendors.

Having read the statistics on Water.org’s website, I have been convicted about my use, abuse, and waste of water.

Hopefully, and prayerfully, the information and conviction that I have received today will cause me to be more appreciative of and careful with the water that I have, and that I will do more to help ensure that the people of the world have one of the most essential necessities of life – safe, clean water.

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