Water is one of our most precious resources and is the basis of all life on this planet. There are 7 billion people to feed on the planet today and another 2 billion are expected to join by 2050. When a billion people in the world already live in chronic hunger and water resources are under pressure, we cannot pretend that the problem is ‘elsewhere’. This problem is multiplied many fold in the Asia Pacific region which houses 4.5 billion or 65% of the world’s population in only 30% of the global land area. Thus, every drop that we save, counts.
Save water to save life .
Can you share success stories in various regions where communities are finding their own solutions to saving water?
As the world marks the International water day, South Sudan celebrates its first independence anniversary with increased penetration of water and sanitation to local communities throughout the country. Every community now boost of boreholes (locally called donkey pumps), thanks to the International Non Governmental organizations and state governments. Although this is the case, South Sudan still lacks motorized water, treatment dams, water purification equipments and still a good % of the population still have no access to clean water. One indicator of this is the increased cases of water bone diseases. The concept of Save water initiative is still a new concept here since there are no taps, no flash toilet, no kitchen taps, and no irrigation. What we need is still is water and clean water for all communities. Cheers!!!
yes!! lets save water because water is life.
Thank you Geoffrey for your enlightening article on water issues of South Sudan. I think a lot depends on the quality of the ground water and it is very important to raise awareness amongst the population to stop/reduce its contamination. The White Nile, I suppose, is a major source of fresh water and industries must not be allowed to pollute it. The mighty Asian rivers such as the Ganges , Yamuna , Yangste , Mekong to name a few have all been victims of unrestricted industrial pollution. You should try to prevent this from happening to the Nile in South Sudan .
Kenya is termed as a water scarce country given that of the 41 million people in the country, 17 million lack access to safe water- for drinking, domestic use and irrigation. 28 million of Kenya’s population has no access to adequate sanitation according to UNESCO. However, there have been some very promising developments near Lake Turkana. Lake Turkana is in the Northern Kenya part of Kenya which is a very dry region. The discovery of three mass water aquifers near Lake Turkana by Radar Technologies International using satellite exploration technology is a major step to curbing water scarcity in the region. This will greatly assist in improving the livelihoods of the Turkana people in Northern Kenya who live in extreme destitution and extreme lack of safe water. Water availability will go a long way in fighting hunger through increased food production, more children will go to school and the society will significantly make a huge leap towards achieving economic advancement. The biggest aquifer among the three will produce approximately 250 billlion m3 of water and this will greatly increase Kenya’s share of available water by nearly 17 percent. With this, we can all see how science and technology is playing a crucial role in fostering development and tackling societal problems.
Kehkashan, thanks for this thought provoking concept namely save water, Geoffrey, thanks for sharing your contextual story, clearly a significant difference is ushering in, in South Sudan. But we need to scale out our efforts and ensure more penetration of water to alleviate even the related disease. @ Elizabeth technology is instrumental in you context. In South Africa we have reintroduced the concept of harvesting water, by using tanks that are integrated into the housing gutter system to retain water from the Rain. We still suffer from enormous flooding and a counter strategy to that is a retention mechanism to water namely the water harvesting system. The water can be used for drinking, domestic and irrigation purposes. This is an African indigenous knowledge and system.
Well said Kehkashan. Water is life and must be saved. Greetings to all from Kenya