Autocratic regimes dot the global landscape. Human trafficking crimes are enabled and perpetrated by the wealthy as a modern form of oppression and slavery. HIV/AIDS is still a global epidemic which is almost never talked about anymore. With all these problems and more in the world, why would we choose to focus on clean water?
Everyone Needs Clean Water
It’s a valid question, and one people occasionally ask us. The simple answer is this: everyone needs it. As enormous as some of the world’s problems are, none have a more wide-ranging impact than water quality. Many people are aware of water contamination issues in the developing world, but recently, our news has been filled with water issues in our own back yard. Droughts, collapsing infrastructure, and overuse have become stark reminders that we all need clean water – everyone, every day.
The human body cannot survive more than a few days without water. And for the over 2.1 billion people without reliable access to clean water (almost 30% of the global population), they often must choose between drinking contaminated water or drinking no water at all. After a couple of days without water, what would you choose?
Everywhere Needs Clean Water
The reason we focus on clean water is because it is a global need. When the suburban utility company issues a boil warning, clean water is an immediate need. When you notice the animals upstream from your camp site doing their “business” in the water, clean water becomes a concern. And when you walk through the villages of the developing world, or stand in urban homes with contaminated piped water, the numbers all become something else – they become people. Real people, young and old, who need an effective, efficient, long-lasting solution to make dirty water clean.
Clean Water Is Achievable
Why do we focus on water? Because it’s a problem that needs to be solved, and it’s a problem that can be solved. Using a simple, low-cost water filter from Uzima Water Filters, an entire family can have clean water for up to 10 years. Diseases like cholera, typhoid, and dysentery can be distant memories. Lives can be changed – lives can be saved.
So, we focus on water because all those numbers represent real people, faces, and names. We focus on water because we believe no one deserves to drink dirty water. We focus on water because we have the tools to make clean water a reality for everyone, everywhere.
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