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Safe drinking water disappearing fast in Bangladesh

Safe drinking water disappearing fast in Bangladesh | Geography Education |
Extreme weather increases salinity of water in coastal areas while excessive demand in Dhaka leaves dwindling supply
Seth Dixon's insight:

In what ways is access to safe drinking water both a physical geography and human geography issue?  How do changes in one factor influence the others? 

Tags: Bangladesh, water, development.

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 2014 8:25 PM

Simply put, the water in Bangladesh is unsanitary to drink. The salinity of the water is literally just unsafe to digest and something needs to be done about it. The capital is full of people that literally have no water supply and its in such high demand.

Nicole Kearsch's curator insight, November 17, 2014 1:20 PM

This is scary, these people literally do not have water to drink and its not due to sanitation issues like it is in many other places.  With global climate change occurring the water is decreasing or turning salty in Bangladesh.  Even scarier there are people in 'hard to reach' areas that have to walk miles just to get a jug of clean water that can be used to drink.  These peoples lives especially are in great danger.  Even the underground aquifers are in trouble, with the excessive demand on them the fresh water is decreasing quickly, getting to levels where sea water can start to flow in.   This causes the salinization of the water that was previously used for drinking.  Not only is drinking water becoming a problem, but you can't water your crops with salt water, it won't work.  So now not only will these people not have any drinking water, but now they won't have any food either.  Something has to be done and very quickly.  The thought of desalination plants has come up but are also quite expensive.  Unfortunately this may be the route that has to be taken.  Pay the expense to save the people. 

Louis Mazza's curator insight, April 6, 4:51 PM

For those who take clean water for granted, think again. For some access to clean water is a huge obstacle to overcome and live with. Walking to the faucet in America is a gift that most citizenry don’t realize. In Bangladesh access to clean water is lessening as the country is experiencing climate changes. 20% of the 28 million in population are living in the “harsh conditions” as the article states. The climate change is greatly increasing the salinity of the coastal waters. Therefor some people have to travels miles to collect a pitcher of safe water. I cannot imagine doing that. I don’t think I would survive. Floods, storm surges, and cyclones and river bank erosion are all factors causing harm in Bangladesh, threating there drinking water. 

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