Safe drinking water is essential right for every creature in our world. Living on a planet together requires efforts from every single human being in order to preserve our water resources. This way we can leave a better, cleaner world to our inheritors.
The human right to water use
Understanding human rights to water and sanitation is essential in order to work towards providing it to everybody. In short it means that every human beings whatever their nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, language, or any other status has right to have free access to clean water.
Some key facts about water usage worldwide
- 5.3 billion people or 71% of the global population are using safely managed and free of contamination drinking-water service.
- 6.8 billion people or 90% of the global population has access to basic services. This means their drinking-water source is within a round trip of 30 minutes.
- 785 million people don’t have access to a basic drinking-water service.
- 144 million people are dependent on surface water.
- 2 billion people have only access to contaminated with faeces drinking water sources.
These are official facts from World Health Organization in 2017. This is very scary along with the forecast that half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas by 2025.
Now in 2019 across the world 22% of health care facilities have no water service, 21% no sanitation service, and 22% no waste management service. Industry and unreasonable human activities are main factors for contamination of water. Contaminated water are main sources of diseases such diarrhoea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and polio. More than 485 000 people die from diarrhoea each year.
70% of the Earth’s surface is covered with water. Only 2.8% of all water out there is fresh but still our kind has managed to make potable water available in almost all populated areas. Nevertheless the access to water can be very expensive and inadequate. Some places even don’t have all year access to sustainable water resources. This can be improved by properly harvesting the most common water sources including:
- Ground water sources, springs, hyporheic zones and aquifers
- Rain, hail and snow precipitations.
- Surface water which include streams, rivers and glaciers.
- Desalinated seawater.
- Atmospheric water generators.
Tap water is the main source of water to our homes. Most of the developed world now use bottled water for drinking purposes. This requires effective maintenance of all water supply networks. In under developed countries this is very expensive process and even that they have massive amounts of water available it rarely gets to every person.
Sources of drinking water for hundreds of millions of people are in danger. Understanding facts about water, using technology to clean and purify water at home or outside, can be essential for living a healthy life.
Finding water safe to drink can be struggle no matter if you live in a big city or in deep province. We are building a tool that can show you the nearest water source to your current location. This way you can have access to clean water if you are backpacking, traveling across a countryside or exploring a new city.
We have huge and constantly evolving database of fountains, springs, wells that you can view conveniently and navigate to. In an urban areas this can save you a few bucks while in a rural one it may be a life saver. You are welcome to add any place with water that is safe to drink and use.