Think of all of the water that you’ve already used today. Did you shower this morning? Did you brush your teeth? Use the washroom? Make coffee? Wash your hands? Drank tea? Cleaned your home?
In Canada, a land teeming with fresh water, it’s often very easy to take water for granted both in quality and quantity. if you’re like me, you probably rarely think about how lucky you are to have access to safe, clean water in close proximity at all times.
But- there are many, many (over 1, ooo ooo ooo) in fact who are not as fortunate at as us. Over 2.5 billion people don’t have access to a safe latrines or toilets. In the developing world women and children are often hit the hardest. Child mortality rates soar due to water-borne diseases and diarrhea. Women are most often the ones to walk miles a day to collect water for their families, a practice that is often unsafe due to violence and conflict.
In solidarity with those around the world who do not have adequate access to clean water, here are a few links on water and resources on World Water Day.