Everyone Has A Right To Clean Water
For human development and well-being access to safe drinking water is a must. But sadly, there are several million people in this world who do not have access to clean water. Large scale global efforts are in place to make this very basic need available to each and every individual. It is every nation’s responsibility to see that even the poorest section of the society is not denied this fundamental need.
The other aspect that is plaguing several areas on the planet is sanitation and hygiene. 2.5 million people suffer from lack of proper sanitation methods. The mains reason for this staggering number is the lack of clean water – running or potable. All the water sources are either polluted or have dried up. More than half of the diseases prevalent in developing countries can be traced to unclean and polluted water.
Organizations like the WHO and UNICEF are actively involved in educating the masses on how to prevent water borne diseases. They are working with communities, water suppliers, and even governments to achieve this goal. In fact, they have a set of guidelines and regulations that all governments are expected to adhere to.
These guidelines include risk management approaches to cover catchment areas and also encourage surveillance by independent agencies to ensure that all guidelines and rules are followed and the standard of the water quality is in tune with the national standards and those accepted worldwide.
One of the main hurdles to implementation of all the practices is the rampant corruption. Hence the need of the hour is transparent, accountable and result oriented practices. There is a dire need for trained personnel in these areas. Most often the people are poor and illiterate, therefore the focus should be on education also.
One can get advice on water sanitation and hygiene from the WHO website.