Lack of Water

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The consequences of the lack of water
By J. C. Cardona

884 million people lack access to safe water supplies; approximately one in eight people. UNICEF/WHO 2008. Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation: Special Focus on Sanitation. 3.575 million People die each year from water-related disease.World Health Organization. 2008. Safer Water, Better Health: Costs, benefits, and sustainability of interventions to protect and promote health. The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns.2006 United Nations Human Development Report. People living in the slums often pay 5-10 times more per liter of water than wealthy people living in the same city.2006 United Nations Human Development Report. An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than a typical person in a developing country slum uses in a whole day. 2006 United Nations Human Development Report. The lack of water and degradation has become a big concern for many countries now than it was in past decades. Taking care of water is a big responsibility that involves government, industries and individuals. Everyone has an important role in trying to protect the supply of water. Water is a vital necessity that all people need in order to survive. We also need it for drinking, for cooking, for washing, for food, for industry, and for energy and it’s not only humans that need it, all life is dependent on water to survive.

The waste of water unnecessarily is also one of the causes of lack of water. One of the most common ways in which people waste water is by leaving the water running when brushing teeth, shaving or doing the dishes.  Another common way of wasting water would be Car washing, the use of the hose to wash the car can waste up gallons of water according to EarthEasy.com, and if the hose is left running, it could end up wasting 150 gallons of water. Taking long showers can also become part of water wastage, showering longer than 5...
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