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104 million children worldwide don’t go to school and one of the main reasons is the lack of safe water and sanitation. Many children in Africa and Asia don’t have time for school because they have to walk miles every day to collect water from polluted sources.
The water they collect often brings disease to their communities resulting in millions more children being too sick to attend school.
“In 2000 and 2002 the UK led the world in signing up to targets to reduce the billions of people without clean water and sanitation by 2015, yet progress has stalled. At the present rate, it will take Africa over 30 years to achieve the water target, while the sanitation target will never be met".
In Tanzania there was a 12% increase in school attendance when water was
15 minutes away rather than an hour.
1915 - Union of South African troops capture Windhoek, capital of German Southwest Africa. (May.) Retreating German troops poison wells – “a violation of the Hague convention.”
1939-1942 - Japanese chemical and biological weapons activities reportedly include tests by “Unit 731” against military and civilian targets by lacing water wells and reservoirs with typhoid and other pathogens.
1960s - Irrigation water supply systems in North Vietnam are bombed during Vietnam War. 661 sections of dikes damaged or destroyed.
1991 - Baghdad’s modern water supply and sanitation system are intentionally targeted by Allied coalition.
2003 - Al-Qaida threatens US water systems via call to Saudi Arabian magazine. Al-Qaida does not “rule out…the poisoning of drinking water in American and Western cities.”
Source: Water Conflict Chronology
300 million gallons of water are needed to produce a single day's supply of U.S. newsprint.
You can survive about a month without food, but only 5 to 7 days without water.
Only 1% of the earth's water is available for drinking water. Two percent is currently frozen.
Source: American Waterworks Association
Restore America's Waters
Today, approximately 45 percent of our nation's waterways do not meet the "drinkable, swimable and fishable" standard set out by the Clean Water Act 30 years ago. As president, John Kerry will implement a "Restore America's Waters" campaign, an integrated approach to protecting our precious, limited water resources. He will work with states on the toughest water quality challenges, restore damaged watersheds, protect wetlands, invest in our waterfronts and coastal communities, and protect our oceans.
Source: John Kerry's Official Website
In the United States since 2000, we have used about 323 billion gallons per day of surface water and about 85 billion gallons per day of ground water.
Greens support strengthening the federal Clean Water Act setting strict requirements for sewage discharges, wetland protection and water quality standards; Establishment of federal, state, and local groundwater protection agencies with authority to establish standards for the use of water;
Alternative solutions to water treatment and clean-up, for example, constructed wetlands and biological remediation;
Elimination of wasteful subsidies of agricultural water use;
Municipal water rates high enough to discourage wasteful use.
Originally posted by Truth_Hunter_1976
Water is a Great Resource and I agree that we Do take it for granted BUT the original post politically in my mind is Is IRRELEVANT to this Forum who gives a crud about TANZANIA and VIETNAM'S and or AFRICA'S water problems it is Politically IRRELEVANT unless you talk about American water Supplies.
Granted I do think we should be researching CHEAPER ways to make salt water Drinkable this would make our water supplies UNLIMITED