Clean Water Shortages Worldwide: how to fight disease, such as Covid-19?

“According to a point of Buddhism, water is the most valuable and most important thing because of its connection with disease,” says the monastery’s facilities manager, Urgyan. “Clean water helps everything: healthy body, healthy mind.”

A Nepalese Region Reclaims Its Holy Water



India
, March 2020

The water challenge is only growing. Twenty-one Indian cities, including Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad, will run out of groundwater by 2030, affecting 100 million people, according to a report by NITI Aayog. Many villages are also facing a severe water crisis, leading to a development crisis, and it is also forcing people to migrate.

As the coronavirus episode shows, India does not have the luxury of time to face related challenges. Since the construction of mega water conservation and distribution projects requires time and funds, it is imperative that the State increase its pressure for small-scale decentralized efforts to guarantee a safe and healthy life for all citizens.”

https://truthdive.com/2020/03/22/without-clean-water-fighting-disease-is-an-impossible-dream-analysis/amp/

In Africa, within  The Vhembe District Municipality is a Category C municipality located in the northern part of the Limpopo Province. It shares borders with Zimbabwe and Botswana in the north-west and Mozambique in the south-east through the Kruger National Park. The Limpopo River valley forms the border between the district and its international neighbours. 

The district includes the Transvaal, and areas that were previously under Venda and Gazankulu Bantustan’s administration. It is comprised of four local municipalities: Musina, Thulamela, Makhado and Collins Chabane. The district municipal offices are located in the town of Thohoyandou. 

It covers a geographical area that is predominantly rural. It is a legendary cultural hub, and a catalyst for agricultural and tourism development.

Map:


In order to help its citizens, the council has moved fast to provide water for remote village residents to wash their hands:


“The executive mayor of the Vhembe District Municipality, Cllr Dowelani Nenguda, digging the foundation for one of the 10 000 litre water tanks that will be installed at Ha-Ramantsha village under the Makhado Municipality. The tank is one of the 132 tanks donated by the Department of Water and Sanitation in areas without water in order to assist in the prevention of Covid-19. Photo: Vhembe District Municipality.

The Department of Water and Sanitation has donated four water trucks and 132 water tanks (10 000 litres each) to the Vhembe District Municipality (VDM) in order to fight Covid-19.

https://limpopomirror.co.za/articles/news/52270/2020-04-02/relief-to-areas-without-water-to-help-fight-covid-19

Venezuela: Access to clean water is vital to fight the spread of COVID-19. For Venezuelans that’s an issue. Less than half the households in Venezuela have running water every day. 

https://newsus.cgtn.com/news/2020-04-07/Venezuela-fighting-COVID-19-without-clean-water-PtLlnC8U1y/index.html

Brazil: 

These tiny “houses” are the famous brazilian favelas, which can be also called slums. Those are houses built illegally by people who can’t afford buying or living in a proper house. It’s in fact a big issue in Brazil since people who live there are taking the risk of not having clean water, or electricity in some of the cases.


Mexico:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-mexico-water/water-shortage-leaves-poorer-mexicans-high-and-dry-in-coronavirus-fight-idUSKCN2262Z3


Extreme poverty is on the increase in Colombia´s most under-developed regions, with figures revealing over 40% of inhabitants of the remote Chocó have a monthly income of less than 91,000 pesos (47 US dollars).”

http://www.colombia-politics.com/poverty/

United States of America

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/21-million-americans-don-t-have-access-to-safe-drinking-water-that-can-put-them-at-higher-risk-of-getting-covid-19/ar-BB16DIjf

https://www.businessinsider.com.au/without-clean-safe-water-coronavirus-threatens-communities-2020-7

https://www.nativeamericacalling.com/clean-water-native-america/


Refugees without water:

Endless proxy wars have created refugees in dire need of clean water as they endure dreadful conditions.

“The rapid global spread of the COVID-19 has demonstrated that no matter how successful America is at fighting this pandemic here at home, we will never stop this threat unless we’re also fighting it around the world. In this series of issue briefs, the USGLC takes an in depth look at the global response and COVID-19’s impacts on vulnerable populations, global development and diplomacy, and the future of U.S. global leadership. Read more from our series here.”

See: https://www.usglc.org/coronavirus/refugees/

And solutions for the Rohingya stranded in Bangladesh:

In 2019 

New Clean Water Technology Installed in Rohingya Refugee Camps: The Refugee Crisis as a Water Crisis

It can be done. No one should be without access to clean water. No corporate should privatise life giving water supplies which then exclude the poor who can’t afford it. Water is life.  Those who privatise it point with the finger of death.

https://www.thestar.com/business/2020/07/02/environmentalists-cheer-as-nestle-sells-canadian-water-business.html

https://www.barrons.com/articles/nestle-could-sell-most-of-its-north-american-water-brands-finding-a-buyer-may-fall-flat-51591965477

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/23/millions-of-americans-cant-afford-water-bills-rise

https://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/impact/how-many-people-cant-afford-their-water-bills-too-many

https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/countries-where-water-is-expensive/

https://www.wateraid.org/us/

Worldometer at 16th July 2020 snapshot:

2,361,593,763 Water used this year (million L)

455,461 Deaths caused by water related diseases this year

799,510,308 People with no access to a safe drinking water source

Then how are they to wash their hands?

About borderslynn

Retired, living in the Scottish Borders after living most of my life in cities in England. I can now indulge my interest in all aspects of living close to nature in a wild landscape. I live on what was once the Iapetus Ocean which took millions of years to travel from the Southern Hemisphere to here in the Northern Hemisphere. That set me thinking and questioning and seeking answers.
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