The past year, we have all been so focused on the Western Cape water crisis, that many of us have forgotten about the fact that this struggle is real all around the world, and not just here on local soil! We take a look at some of the countries and cities most significantly affected below.
Over 4 million people in Cambodia do not have access to safe drinking water and 5% of the population relies on delivered water in order to survive.
In 2014, Israeli bombs caused severe damage to the vast majority of the area’s water pipes, which has led to citizens depending heavily on purification plants in order to get their hands on fresh drinking water.
As we all know, Yemen has recently been torn apart by war. Where there is political strife, water-related issues are bound to follow. Natural water sources are scarce here and terrorist groups are making it nearly impossible for water aid and assistance to reach those who so desperately need it. Sanaa, the country’s capital, is currently thought to be the worst affected city.
This country has also seen its fair share of political and national chaos and, when paired with its persistent droughts and dry climate, there’s no wonder why its residents are experiencing such severe water-related issues.
Although there has been some improvement in the quality of drinking water within Nigeria over the last few years, more than 15% of the country’s population is still drinking from questionable water sources, leading to disease and suffering for vulnerable individuals, especially children and the elderly.
Many experts will agree that Uganda is one of the worst affected countries in the world when it comes to a lack of water. Did you know that almost half of the people living here need to travel at least 30 minutes in order to access clean water?
The bottom line? We all need to start taking water conservation more seriously if we are to collectively help to alleviate the widespread world water crisis. Be sure to take a look at our blog entitled ‘3 Creative Ways to Save Water’ for tips on how to go about this.