Safe Drinking Water

I just watched a documentary yesterday called FLOW - For the Love of Water. It was about how billions of impoverished people do not have access to safe drinking water and how multinational water corporations are only helping the rich. The documentary reminded me of how important safe drinking water is and how much I take it for granted. Noam Chomsky mentioned in one of his interviews that many treatable diseases could be eliminated with clean drinking water, costing pennies a day from rich countries.

The documentary also reminded me of the Lifesaver bottle which is a hand held filter that is supposed to turn filthy water into sterile drinking water. I first encountered this filter watching a TED talk and I remember being amazed at human ingenuity. I wish I could produce some sort of product that could save millions of lives. So far, I can only think, read and write, nothing in comparison to the person who designed the Lifesaver bottle. Check it out at www.lifesaversystems.com.

Some facts about access to safe drinking water from www.water.org:
  • 3.575 million people die each year from water-related disease.
  • 43% of water-related deaths are due to diarrhea.
  • 84% of water-related deaths are in children ages 0 – 14.
  • 98% of water-related deaths occur in the developing world. 
  • The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns.