World Water Day: More work than turning on the tap

Jeff Cann:

Catholic news Service reminds us that clean water is a basic human need.

Originally posted on CNS Blog:

Residents in Gukakot, South Sudan, have access to clean water since the installation of three wells in their village in January. (Courtesty Isaac's Wells)

Imagine having to walk an hour or more to a river, the only water source around, filling a couple of large jugs and then trudging back home over rocky ground or on a well-worn path through dense underbrush so your family can have something to drink and cook with for the day. Then imagine doing it again tomorrow, the day after, the day after that and every day.

That’s the reality for millions of people around the world. The United Nations said in February that 787 million people — 11 percent of the world’s population — have no access to safe, clean water and are at risk of contracting a water-borne illness or disease on any given day.

Today, the U.N.’s World Water Day calls attention to the importance of managing and sustaining fresh water for everyone. While the most vulnerable may be those who struggle to find safe…

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