The Daily Struggle for Clean Water

 Source: The Atlantic |

(QNO) - The United Nations estimates that 650 million people worldwide currently have no access to safe water, placing them at risk of infectious diseases and premature death. Reutersreports that the UN further estimates that “waterborne diseases are responsible for the deaths of 900 children under the age of five every day.” World Water Day will be observed on March 22, calling attention to the global struggle to access clean water, and the work being done to alleviate the problems.

A man carries buckets filled with water on the banks of the river Ganges in Allahabad, India, on March 4, 2016. #  Jitendra Prakash / Reuters
A man carries buckets filled with water on the banks of the river Ganges in Allahabad, India, on March 4, 2016. # Jitendra Prakash / Reuters
A girl collects drinking water at Dala River outside Yangon, Burma, on March 3, 2016. #  Soe Zeya Tun / Reuters
A girl collects drinking water at Dala River outside Yangon, Burma, on March 3, 2016. # Soe Zeya Tun / Reuters
An employee at a boat station drills a hole in the frozen surface of the Yenisei River to draw fresh water for cooking and drinking, outside Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia, on March 2, 2016. #  Ilya Naymushin / Reuters
An employee at a boat station drills a hole in the frozen surface of the Yenisei River to draw fresh water for cooking and drinking, outside Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia, on March 2, 2016. # Ilya Naymushin / Reuters
Residents walk past water pipes in the rebel-held Douma neighbourhood of Damascus, Syria, on March 7, 2016. #  Bassam Khabieh / Reuters
Residents walk past water pipes in the rebel-held Douma neighbourhood of Damascus, Syria, on March 7, 2016. # Bassam Khabieh / Reuters
Visitors scoop water using traditional ladles at a natural spring water spot known as the “divine water” at Daikyoji Temple, also called Shibamata Taishakuten, in Tokyo, Japan, on March 6, 2016. Local residents drink the water or rinse their mouths, and wash their hands to purify themselves, and wish for good fortune. #  Issei Kato / Reuters
Visitors scoop water using traditional ladles at a natural spring water spot known as the “divine water” at Daikyoji Temple, also called Shibamata Taishakuten, in Tokyo, Japan, on March 6, 2016. Local residents drink the water or rinse their mouths, and wash their hands to purify themselves, and wish for good fortune. # Issei Kato / Reuters
A civil defense worker pours water from a water truck into a container near a dry lake in Presidente Figueiredo, in the Amazonas state, Brazil, on March 4, 2016. #  Bruno Kelly / Reuters
A civil defense worker pours water from a water truck into a container near a dry lake in Presidente Figueiredo, in the Amazonas state, Brazil, on March 4, 2016. # Bruno Kelly / Reuters
Children drink water from a public water pump on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, on March 4, 2016. #  Omar Sobhani / Reuters
Children drink water from a public water pump on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, on March 4, 2016. # Omar Sobhani / Reuters
Men collect water from the Euphrates river in Najaf, south of Baghdad, Iraq, on March 7, 2016. #  Alaa Al-Marjani / Reuters
Men collect water from the Euphrates river in Najaf, south of Baghdad, Iraq, on March 7, 2016. # Alaa Al-Marjani / Reuters
A man places his bottles to be filled with water dripping from a spring next to a highway along the Avila mountain in Caracas, Venezuela, on March 3, 2016. #  Carlos Garcia Rawlins / Reuters
A man places his bottles to be filled with water dripping from a spring next to a highway along the Avila mountain in Caracas, Venezuela, on March 3, 2016. # Carlos Garcia Rawlins / Reuters
People fetch water in containers in canoes at a water selling point in the Makoko fishing community on the Lagos Lagoon, Nigeria, on February 29, 2016. #  Akintunde Akinleye / Reuters
People fetch water in containers in canoes at a water selling point in the Makoko fishing community on the Lagos Lagoon, Nigeria, on February 29, 2016. # Akintunde Akinleye / Reuters
Men pour water brought by cart into a container at a stall on Clifton Beach in Karachi, Pakistan, on March 5, 2016. #  Akhtar Soomro / Reuters
Men pour water brought by cart into a container at a stall on Clifton Beach in Karachi, Pakistan, on March 5, 2016. # Akhtar Soomro / Reuters
A Palestinian man pulls his donkey loaded with empty bottles and a jerrycan, as he makes his way to fill them with drinking water, in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, on March 1, 2016. #  Ibraheem Abu Mustafa / Reuter / REUTERS
A Palestinian man pulls his donkey loaded with empty bottles and a jerrycan, as he makes his way to fill them with drinking water, in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, on March 1, 2016. # Ibraheem Abu Mustafa / Reuter / REUTERS
A source of water and a statue of Our Lady of Aparecida, Brazil's national saint, inside a cave in Sao Francisco Xavier, Sao Paulo, Brazil, on March 3, 2016. #  Nacho Doce / Reuters
A source of water and a statue of Our Lady of Aparecida, Brazil's national saint, inside a cave in Sao Francisco Xavier, Sao Paulo, Brazil, on March 3, 2016. # Nacho Doce / Reuters
A woman fills a bucket with drinking water from a well in the village of Rum, Belarus, on March 4, 2016. #  Vasily Fedosenko / Reuters
A woman fills a bucket with drinking water from a well in the village of Rum, Belarus, on March 4, 2016. # Vasily Fedosenko / Reuters
A man fills a glass with water from a spring in Chiffa in Medea Governorate, Algeria, on March 4, 2016. #  Ramzi Boudina / Reuters
A man fills a glass with water from a spring in Chiffa in Medea Governorate, Algeria, on March 4, 2016. # Ramzi Boudina / Reuters

 Source: The Atlantic