People around the world struggle with access to clean water. We have witnessed in developing countries how unclean water sources spread illnesses and disease, some even beyond salvation. Water has always been the most integral element for humans to survive. Almost a decade ago in 2010, the UN General Assembly deemed clean drinking water an essential human right. Check out all the ways we can ensure more access to clean drinking water.
Treat Sources Better
We need to start inculcating the habit of treating water resources with more consideration and respect than we do. We take them for granted when they are rarer than we believe and more valuable than we have come to realize. When we begin to do this, we start a domino effect of ensuring access to water from clean water sources to as many people as possible.
Part of the challenge in access is fair distribution and if one of us is misusing resources the other may never get to use the clean water benefits of that resource at all. The truth is, we need to not just create awareness, but take a measurable stance and make an effort to transform habits of using water on a global scale so as to divide access instead of hoarding it in one place.
The Construction of Water Points
The amount of dry boreholes and wells around the world is very shocking. In areas such as Liberia, and Sierra Leone, over 15 percent and in some places even 20 percent water points are not effective and within the very first year of their establishment are of no use.
The correct water well drilling practices must be put into place or taught. One of the biggest challenges around this is for impoverished communities. Creating a water point is one of the biggest investments they make and it is possible they are unable to avail the right practices.
Invest in Water Wells
Water wells have a chance of being contaminated with dangerous bacteria. But there are ways you can have your own private well if you know exactly how to maintain them.
Experts have deduced that to stay safe from any harmful contaminations, water wells should be located about 50 feet away from livestock and septic tanks, more than a 100 feet away from any petroleum tanks, and 250 feet away from any manure stacks.
You can maintain it by checking that there should not be any corrosion of the surfaces of the well. Get the water tested and make sure it is kept away from any animal waste and decrease the number of fertilizers used in the water well vicinity.
The Magic of Simple Irrigation Technology
Irrigation may seem simple, but it is a highly efficient strategy to adopt. There is a reason farmers tend to farm so close to a water source — it is convenient but not the most sustainable option in the world. This affects access to clean water notion negatively. Efforts must be made to invest in the timeless technology of irrigation.
It breaks the cycle where water scarcity leads to the invasion of marginal patches of land near water sources such as rivers. An irrigation system, in turn, helps these rivers to replenish the lost water and maintain access to clean water in the near future.
Promotion of Improved Harvesting Methods
One of the great methods of getting water is through rainwater harvesting. The biggest problem with this method is that it is not that popular and most people assume they would not be able to collect much water from it. Campaigns must be put into place to ensure that more people are aware of the method itself and tools and processes that allow them to enact it properly.
Ensure the Water You Finally Have Access to is Clean
A few ways to have access to clean water:
Use of Water Analysis Kit
Using a water analysis kit is the easiest way to check the quality of your water supply. Each kit tests for different contaminants such as chlorine, nitrates, pesticides or any other harmful bacteria. The kit contains a number of strips. When these strips come into contact with the water, they change color to detect the presence of specific contaminants that are in the water supply.
Some people might be using only the water supply from a public well — these wells have a higher chance to be contaminated in the process of getting the water transported to your house water lines.
When in doubt of your water source, there is a small method you can use to avoid being a victim of harmful water intake. Filter your water first to get rid of any hard particles in the water. After that you need to boil the water so that it can destroy any harmful bacteria present in it.
It is necessary to maintain and service your water well at all times if you want to have a clean supply of water throughout the years to come. One of the ways you can do that is that you should change your water filters from time to time.
The reason being is that contaminants that are separated from the water are left behind and trapped in as a residue on the surface of the water filter. They eventually seep into the pores of the filter and enter the clean water supply and block the flow of the incoming water supply.
Clean water should be our main concern because we use it several times a day for drinking, cooking, taking a shower, etc. Dirty water leads to several diseases and affects our health. That is why we must keep a regular check on the quality of water we receive.