Can you imagine not having access to clean water but only having access to dirty water? In some places like southern Sudan, women have to walk to a near by stream or pond. Which could take them on a walk up to eight hours a day. When they get the water it more likely has diseases in which may kill the weak. In the agricultural way of looking at it, it’s harder to farm in those areas because the deserts are growing!
It’s hard to get water in some countries. 97% of the water in the world is undrinkable, “about 2% is frozen in polar ice sheets and glaciers” (McCollum page 7). 750 million people lack access to clean water in some countries around the world according to Water.org. Some villages are located a long distance away from a tributary or pond so the women walk to the water source. The trip to the river or pond is dangerous because they could get hurt or attacked. When they get the water is unclean, so then it could cause illness and if you’re already weak you could die.
Dangerous diseases come from unclean water. According to Water.org more than 840,000 people die each year from water related diseases. Unclean drinking water can cause diarrhea, “sanitation, and hand hygiene kills an estimated 842,000 people every year globally” (Water.org).
The deserts are growing in some areas; the people there have a hard time farming on the land because there is no water. So then it is harder for them to make a living and then they could end up in poverty. In Edition.cnn.com it talks about the unsustainable demands of the increasing amount of people. The desertification contributes to environmental degradation. Dust storms, poverty and a drop in farming are causes to health problems, which are caused by desertification according to Edition.cnn.com. In Water, Water Everywhere? It talks about the population growing. When the population grows there are more people who are “tapping an increasingly limited supply of fresh water” (McCollum page 7). This is part of the reason the deserts are growing.
Our world has a water crisis. Some parts of countries don’t have access to clean water, and the way they get it, the water is contaminated (unsuited to be drunk). Also the deserts are growing which has an impact when it expands. To conclude, our world has a water crisis, and it doesn’t have a nice impact on the world.