| Sudanese men pull drinking water from a well in Shendi, Sudan. Lack of |
drinking water remains to be problematic in most homes in Shendi.(Associated Press)
"The problems facing Lebanon are numerous: Illegal wells are introducing sea water into an aquifer and reducing the water table, while industrial waste is polluting the Litani River and turned the Beirut River blood red last month. The nation has few dams and reservoirs to retain the heavy rainfall in the winter months and water officials say consumption is almost entirely unregulated.
Read more: Water Crisis Looms in Lebanon : Daily Star )
|Beirut River turns red >> Now Lebanon|
- Water Facts:
- Nearly one billion people – that’s 1 in every 6 of us – lack access to safe water.
- Every day, the global water and sanitation crisis claims the lives of as many children under five to equal that of 16 jumbo jets crashing.
- Over 2.6 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation – with nearly half that number (1.2 billion) – living without sanitation facilities at all.
- Access to clean water helps sustain and mobilize communities. Sanitation facilities provide dignity and improve hygiene. Hygiene education facilitates prevention and reduces the risk of life-threatening disease
( Info taken from Ryan's Well. How One Child Changed the World : In 1999, seven year old Ryan Hreljac's first well was built in a Ugandan village. Now the Ryan's Well Foundation has grown into a family of people committed to delivering access to safe water, as an essential way to improve the lives of people in the developing world. We empower citizens of all ages to take action and effect change in the world. Read more : Ryan's Well. )
- See also : TEDxGateway - Michael Pritchard - A bottle that will save millions of lives.