Clean water, and the Lack Therof

Many places in the world are suffering an extreme lack of clean drinking water.

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Education Towards a Better, Cleaner Future of Water

There are a number of implements used towards helping provide a source of clean water to those in need around the world.  Providing the ability to obtain clean water is only part of the solution, however.  In addition to this, education on water is necessary, to inform those of the dangers of polluted waters and how to avoid it.


In the works for a 2015 commercial release to many countries all around the world is the The Drinkable Book.

This book contains specially made paper with silver nano particles and is printed with educational info about the dangers or dirty drinking water and prevention of such conditions.  The books are being translated into numerous languages and will be distributed in 33 different countries.

Below is a presentation of how the drinkable book works.



Drinkable Book

If interested in helping fund this incredible phenomenon for aiding those in need of water and the education surrounding it you can visit this page:


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Light in the Darkness, Hope for Clean Drinking Water

A lack of access to clean drinking water plagues many corners of the world.  There is dirty water, water with viruses, bacteria, and other harmful organisms.  All hope is not lost, however.  There are various solutions already working to help and those in progress as we speak. 

Take for instance this: The LifeStraw


And the facts of it are quite interesting – the below is facts for the personal size

  • Contains a filter with fibers just .2 microns across
  • Filters 99.9% of harmful bacteria, dirt and parasites from it
  • Can filter up to 1000 liters (264 gallons) of water
  • Lasts around a year

Also comes in a family size which:

  • Can handle a family of five for three years
  • Can filter roughly 18,000 liters (4755 gallons)
  • pores of filter .02 microns across meaning it can even trap viruses


Below is a diagram of just how LifeStraw works.

how lifestraw works

This is not the only solution, and ideally not the end solution, but those people like these kids:


It is most definitely a life saver.

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The Many Mini Monsters in Water

When a person thinks of drinking a glass full of dirt, it would unlikely be the optimal choice.  There is, however, far more for those without access to clean drinking water than just a glass of dirt; there is the constant fear of consuming something within the water that could be harmful or even deadly.   For those with normal daily access to clean water, this is what may come to mind when thinking of a glass of dirty water:


Not so appetizing perhaps, but beyond that, unlikely to be of much worry, so what is the big deal for those who have to drink it?  For those in areas without normal access to clean water, they may also see something similar as above as a glass of drinking water.  The difference though is that they are forced to drink this, which may contain this:


Still think it’s all right to drink that water?



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A Different World of Water

     It’s no secret that there are those in the world who lack access to clean water.  What might be surprising to some, however, is how the breakdown of those without water measures up.  Globally there are nearly 800 million people without access to clean drinking water.  Of those, the developed regions of North America, Europe, much of Northern Asia, Australia and Japan, only make up 10 million of those combined.  Africa alone attributes nearly 350 million of that 800 million total.  The southern and central parts of Asia, along with Oceania make up approximately 400 million more without water. South and Central America contribute a lesser amount with around 30 million.  These numbers are honestly staggering though.  About 30 to 40 percent of the world contributes to what amounts to almost 95% of those without clean water. 

     So what does one do when they need a drink of water?



Looking at the above, the choice for most would be obvious.  The fact of the matter, however, is that not everyone has that choice.


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Water, the World’s Most Precious Resource

Many things around the world could be said to be a “precious” resource.  Gold, diamonds, other rare metals and minerals are among these.  For the most part all of these things, however, boil down to money.  Money to buy new clothes, new electronics, go out to eat and wealth of other things.  For those living in the United States, the thought process of the majority is based on luxury and material items.  For most, all of the basic living necessities are barely given a second thought.  And from such thought processes is it then taken for granted the blessing that this country has.  For all the pomp, all the dazzling material items there are, the most important resource of all is taken as an afterthought.  This resource is of course water.  Access to water, clean and potable, is simply part of everyday life for most here.  The reality is that not all countries are as fortunate as this one.  Water sources, if had at all are riddled with bacteria, protozoa, and all other kinds of disease causing agents.  According to an article by Dina Spector from Business Insider it is estimated that without access to water in any form, a human being would only survive for 4 to 5 days, a week at most.  Even if water is present, being forced to drink from polluted sources is not much better and can still lead to death and illness.  A change must be made.