Clean drinking water


Children in Zimbabwe fills their bottles with contaminated water. Photo: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi

620 million children without a functional school toilet Over 900 million children have no access to both clean drinking water and toilet and the possibility to wash their hands. It makes it difficult to create a school environment where children can focus on learning, according to a report by the UN fund UNICEF and the World Health Organization WHO. According to the report, nearly a third of primary and secondary schools lack access to safe and reliable drinking water supplies, which affects almost 570 million children. A little more than a third of the schools have no functional toilets – something that affects over 620 million children. Through the UN, world leaders have signed a global pledge of the joint MDG that all children should be offered comprehensive training to 2030. But when, according to the report, there is a water shortage of half of all the world’s schools, there is a long way to go. Girls are extra hard hit. During menstruation, there are extra many who miss the school because there is no access to toilets. More than a third of all girls in South Asia miss the school during menstrual periods because they lack both toilets and sanitary pads, according to Wateraid and UNICEF. Clean drinking water for humans and for our nature. See the big picture, do not snatch away the possibilities of nature to purify water, the nature needs for clean water, it affects us people sooner or later. It is therefore a case of working priority, structured and systematically in order to have a clean natural sustainable future, a future for all our children and grandchildren and nature. Facts about drinking water Contaminated water can transmit diseases such as diarrhoea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio. Contaminated drinking water is estimated to cause 502 000 diarrhoea deaths every year. 2025, half of the world’s population will live in the most stressed areas. An area becomes water-stressed when the amount of good-quality waters is no longer sufficient to meet the needs of society. Globally, at least 2 billion people use a drinking water source contaminated with faeces. 2015 used 71 percent of the world’s population (5.2 billion people) a securely managed drinking water service – that is, a facility in a room that is accessible when needed and without contaminants. 844 million people lack basic drinking water services, including 159 million people who depend on surface water. Source: World Health Organisation (WHO)