The Water Crisis

1 Jun

Did you know that the world is facing a water crisis? It’s hard to see, living such comfortable lives shrouded in naivete. We, in Western culture, only have to walk to the sink to get clean drinking water straight out of the faucet. Our showers will run as long as we leave them on, and our bathtubs are filled to the brim. Many people in my neighborhood back home have swimming pools, perfect for relaxing and cooling off on a hot day. The average American uses approximately 100 gallons of water per day without even thinking about it.

But did you know that…

-The daily water requirement for proper sanitation, bathing, and cooking needs, as well as drinking and assuring survival, is about 13.2 gallons per person.

-But in the slums of Chile, a family of four must survive on an average of 10 gallons per day to meet the needs of the whole family.

-In your 5-minute morning shower alone, you used more water than the typical person living in a developing country will use in a whole day.

1 billion people, about 1 in 8 of the world’s population, lack access to clean water.

-3.575 million people die each year from water-related disease. That is one death every three seconds!

-The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any way claims through guns.

-At any given time, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from a water-related disease.

-Children in poor environments often carry 1,000 parasitic worms in their bodies at any time.

1.4 million children die as a result of diarrhea each year.

-443 million school days are lost each year due to water-related illness.

-People living in developing countries often have to walk dozens of miles to get water – water that is often dirty and infected with deadly disease. Often their drinking water comes from muddy puddles.

With regard to sanitation…

2.5 billion people don’t have access to a toilet.

-Only 62% of the world’s population has access to improved sanitation – defined only as a sanitation facility that ensures hygienic separation of human excreta from human contact.

-Lack of sanitation is the world’s biggest cause of infection.

-Lack of sanitation and dirty water leads to: diarrhea, nausea, inflammation of the intestines, cholera,  typhoid, Hepatitis A, dysentery, parasites, amoebas, worms, salmonella, scabies, malaria, and many more.

But what can we do? Does the investment of compassionate Americans in sanitation and water improvements in the third world actually produce results? Check out these statistics…

-On average, every U.S. dollar invested in water and sanitation provides an economic return of eight U.S. dollars.

-The planned investment of $11.3 billion U.S. dollars to meet the drinking water and sanitation target of the Millennium Development Goals, is expected to yield a total payback of $84 billion U.S. dollars.

-With improved sanitation due to investment there will be 272 million additional school attendance days per year, 1.5 billion more healthy days for children under age 5, and a health-care savings of $3.6 billion U.S. dollars per year for health agencies and $340 million U.S. dollars per year for individuals.

We must arise and combat this deadly issue claiming the lives of God’s children every three seconds. We, the church, have the resources, faith, and ability to save lives and bring the love of God to a hurting world.

Pray that governments would be convicted of their corruption, and begin to budget money appropriately to be able to fund clean-water projects and protect the health of their people, as they should.

Pray for the minds and hearts of engineers to invent new and cost-effective ways to capture, purify, and transport water to the people that need it most.

Pray a bold prayer for a miraculous cleansing of the health of children currently suffering from parasites and disease.

Pray for workers to rise up and devote their time, talents, and resources to the compassionate cause of fighting for the rights to clean water for all people everywhere.

Pray for the people living in developing countries, that though their bodies may die too soon, their souls would be saved through having an intimate and personal relationship with their Savior Jesus Christ. Pray that missionaries would see great success in bringing people to know Christ.

Pray for an outpouring of financial blessing on organizations currently working to bring sanitation and clean water to those with no access to it.

Thank the Lord for the blessings you have in your life! Praise Him for the resources that you have. Be grateful for the comforts that you have.

And don’t take the resources you have for granted. Clean water is a finite resource! Reduce your water water use today by doing simple things like: turning the faucet off when you brush your teeth, take shorter showers, only do laundry and dishes when you have a full load, water your lawn during the evening when it is cool, etc.

Spread the word and get involved.

Water.org does a great job at both informing the general public in the affluent areas of the world and pooling resources to bring change to the areas that need it most.

Check out their website below for more information on how you can get involved in ending the water crisis.

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