The Water people drink
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The Water people drink

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      The World Health Organization estimates that 780 million people depend on water from unsafe sources—rivers, lakes, and shallow wells—that have human or animal waste (like poop, or “feces”), chemicals, and other things that contaminate their water. About one billion more people use water from improved sources—like pipes, taps, or covered wells—that are not safe to drink without treatment. Because water sources may be far from home, many people must move water long distances and store it in their homes. Unclean hands or dirty containers have been shown to contaminate water during transport and storage.

      Drinking unsafe water can lead to sickness and death. As of 2012, an estimated 801,000 children under 5 years old die of diarrhea each year— that’s more than 2,200 deaths a day.

      These pictures show how people in the developing world get and handle water when there is no household tap.

      You will learn about:

      • Sources of water

      • Hauling water

      • Treating water

      • Storing water


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