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UN WASH Report: A “Significant Risk of Slipping” in Global Gains for ...

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Despite achieving a global goal for access to safe drinking water systems that is five years ahead of schedule, a new assessment from the United Nations water program warns that many nations are not planning the financial or ...

 

This is the 2012 United Nations report regarding the state of clean drinking water throughout the world. It is very interesting, and is only 67 pages long. The link to the report is through this site, and I highly recommend reading through it to get a comprehensive picture of the true nature of the water crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa and the rest of the world.

 

The report is loaded with demographic information, but it is presented in an easy to read, visually appealing format. The analysis of drinking water issues focuses on many different relevant aspects, such as human rights, funding difficulties, gender issues, hygenic standards, and many other areas of interest. It is focused on trying to get as comprehensive a view as possible regarding the present water situation, while also projecting possible future problems and solutions. It should only take you an hour to skim through the most relevant information, and check out the statistics.


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Map Shows Huge Water Source Available Underground in Africa

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British researcher says well-coordinated exploitation of African groundwater sources could help millions access reliable and safe water.

 

 

This is a map of the rich system of aquifers available to Sub-Saharan Africa's population. The research of helen Bonsor might prove to be one of the most important factors in saving African lives over the next 20 years. The key is to drill into these sources, and to prevent their pollution while doing so. In the United States such aquifers provide much of the nation's drinking water, especially in the more arid Southwestern states. Such a solution is available to Africa. What is needed is good management and the help of more developed nations in providing the money to make this happen.


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Chloe Goodman's curator insight, February 9, 2014 10:57 AM

Most of the people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to safe, clean water. Recently a British researcher, Helen Bonsor said that the answer to this horrendous problem lies right below their feet. She stated that there is a MASSIVE underground fresh water source that has 20 times the amount of fresh water in Africa's fresh water lakes. This article really helped me understand how much water is NOT clean in Africa and how much they really need clean water. I think that this topic is really important for the world to know because I think the world should know about this before they waste water again. Think of the time you were last in the shower, did you spend 30 minutes just standing there thinking about your day? yes? well next time you might just want to think about all the African people that can't do that, and what about when you wash your hands, do you just leave the water running while you go get a towel to dry your hands off? yes? well you think hard about all the African people that can't do that, and your practically  boasting about how you've never had to live a life where you had to walk miles just to get a decent drink of clean water or to have a nice  shower. Well now they've discovered how they will have much more clean fresh water.

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Water Crisis in sub-Saharan Africa

This is an example of a typical water source for people who live in remote regions of Southern Malawi. Unsafe drinking water like this leads to cholera, chro...

 

This video, set in Malawi, gives one a very good idea of the normal conditions under which many Africans get their drinking water. The water hole only has a few rocks to help filter out the microbes and toxins from the water. The sources for the water in this video are stagnant pools which are potential sources of many diseases and illnesses.


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GOAL! Water MDG met early. « UnitingWorld Blogs

GOAL! Water MDG met early. « UnitingWorld Blogs | clean water | Scoop.it

This is a nice example of the many blogs which are devoted to creating awareness of poverty related issues. As the lack of access to safe drinking water is both the result of, and the cause of, poverty throughout the world, and particularly in Africa, blogs like this one are an important source of information. Cath Taylor does a good job of keeping abreast of these issues, and her links are good ones to investigate.


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Diatribe: Waterborne Disease

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This is a cool vid where a father and son share their very different experience with water borne diseases.


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Water Resource Management Key To Africa's Security, Health And ...

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At the African Union (AU)/African Ministers Council on Water-which coincides with the 4th Africa Water Week-holding in Cairo, Egypt, ahead of the June 2012 AU Heads of State Summit – it has been observed that safe water ...

 

A good article describing the recent  Africa Water Week in Cairo.


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Study reveals groundwater resources in Africa

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Project that maps underground aquifers in multiple countries could be 'of strategic importance' if not mismanaged.

 

This video/article expands upon the new hydrological study regarding the underground sources of water in Africa. It spells out some concerns regarding the usage of this water, as the aquifers could very easily be depleted if used the wrong way.


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Hambobe villagers’ life of no toilet, no water | Zambia Daily Mail

Hambobe villagers’ life of no toilet, no water | Zambia Daily Mail | clean water | Scoop.it

This article discusses the lives of Zambians who live in rural locales without access to modern sanitation. It is particularly affecting in its personal stories, such as the man who never used a latrine until he was 20 years old, and was afraid of it at first. These people live their lives in the open, and the simple act of using the facilities we take for granted is a significant adjustment for them.


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Sub-Saharan sanitation targets two centuries away

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It will take two centuries for sub-Saharan Africa to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation, according to NGO WaterAid, which...

 

This article is specifically concerned with the financial toll which is incurred upon African nations by having poor hygenic conditions and a lack of access to safe drinking water. According to the article, the costs incurred by these problems outweighs all of the financial aid that Africa receives on a yearly basis. This is a serious problem, as Africa has many more problems than those which are related to water issues, such as economic backwardness, the AIDS crisis, shoddy education systems, etc. Articles such as these clearly show that for Sub-Saharan Africa to be able to turn the corner and make actual progress that it is essential for clean drinking water to be available to its people.

 

Humans are conditional beings, and after access to breathable air, drinkable water is the most important condition to our existence. We have to drink it daily to be able to function normally. To be playing a game of Russian Roulette with every sip is a recipe for disaster. If one is regularly ill because of water-borne illnesses, then one cannot work normally, or properly take care of their families. It erodes the very foundations of human society to not be able to drink water in safety.


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Gene Gagne's curator insight, November 2, 2015 4:25 PM

That's what I have been saying all along. We have talked about the push pull affect because of housing, jobs, etc... but water that should be everywhere and not used as a political gain or economical gain. I am dumbfounded about how political leaders, get away with depriving people of the #1 basic necessity of life. I guess its easy for me to say but there should be riots and political take overs of some sought.

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Clean Drinking Water Linked to Food Security in Africa | Save the Water

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Save The Water Fully Encompasses The Following Information What is Water Contamination and How Do We Save The Water...

 

The polling data on this site shows that perceptions regarding the state of water supplies can be very different depending upon which African nation that one is in. That being said, it is also very apparent that it the nations most affected by clean drinking water issues, that being of a higher economic class does not give one immunity to the problems caused by the water problems.


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Water Wells For Africa

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This organization focuses on providing safe wells for Africa's people. It is a good site to check out.


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Gene Gagne's curator insight, November 2, 2015 4:18 PM

Just look how happy the village people look for something we take for granted clean water. Unbelievable.