What’s the problem with the water?
Even though water is plentiful on our earth, 97.5% of the world’s water is salty. And much of the small percentage of fresh water is not clean. The need for fresh water is growing as the world’s population grows. We need more water for agriculture and for use by industries to feed a growing population. Climate change and pollution have also led to a fresh water shortage worldwide.
It is estimated that almost one billion people currently live without clean drinking water. That number is growing daily. The World Health Organization estimates that up to 5 million people die each year from the lack of clean drinking water. That’s over 13,000 deaths per day.
Africa has been hit especially hard. Droughts. Dwindling ground water reserves. A growing population. Poor waste water management. It all has taken its toll.
The reasons for the water shortage in Morocco are complex. Groundwater reserves are being depleted and many farmers depend upon rain to water their crops. Droughts are more frequent with climate change. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) reports “the lack of a functioning sanitation network and wastewater treatment system causes already scarce water resources to become contaminated and unsuitable for multipurpose use.”
In Morocco, 1 in 4 people lack access to fresh water. Families often rely on a single community well for water. And even then, much of that water is not safe to drink. The water that flows from many taps in major cities is also not safe to drink. If people can afford it, they buy water. Much of this is in disposable water bottles. If they can’t afford to buy water, they drink unsafe water out of necessity.
And the disposable water bottles themselves are a problem. Worldwide, more than 60 million plastic bottles wind up in landfills every day. If you lined up those 60 million bottles end to end on the equator they would reach half way around the globe. Every day. 22 billion discarded water bottles last year alone!
60 million plastic bottles are discarded every day. Every. Single. Day.
In Morocco many of these bottles end up littering the countryside because of poor waste disposal. Steps have been taken to reduce litter. In July of 2016, it became illegal to import, sell or give away plastic bags in Morocco. The parliament is trying to lead the way in becoming greener. But, plastic water bottles remain an issue. Fewer needed means fewer sold. This means fewer will end up littering the countryside. Every little bit helps.
Water scarcity. Unsafe drinking water. Thirsty families. Litter.
We at The Giving Pool are committed to help.