The Global Water Crisis is such a huge and unknown issue in today’s society. Impacting over 1 billion people, how is it that many college students are unaware that one out of seven people doesn’t have access to clean water? While it may seem like our world has an endless supply of water, it’s not as available as it may seem. Saltwater makes up for 96% and 2% is trapped in glaciers, leaving only about 2% for 7 billion to live off of. It’s a wonder more wars aren’t fought over than oil. So even if that 2% is enough for 7 billion to live on, it’s not all located in the right place. There are close 3 billion who don’t have direct access clean water. That means some people who are considered “water secure” still have to walk several miles to the local well or river.
Why does access to water matter? Water is life. Humans are made up of more water than any other ingredient. We can’t survive without it. Our bodies, our plants, our machinery, even our precious cellphones wouldn’t exist with that one basic necessity. Imagine not being able to turn on the faucet when you’re thirsty after a soccer game, or being able to bathe your dog or your car when they’re covered in mud. Almost half the world doesn’t have this option. More people have cellphones than access to proper sanitation. Women and girls have a higher dropout rate than boys because they don’t have access to toilets when they’re menstruating, which means less people attending school, more people uneducated, population rising without the knowledge they need to survive.
So what is being done to help this? The most important thing is providing access to water. You must start there. Organizations around the world are working with foundations and companies to provide easier access to clean water. Once that’s in place, proper sanitation facilities can be implemented. Both of these things help to cut back on the 3 million deaths each year happening right now.
There is another way to help. When visiting a developing country, there is one thing they all have in common. Everywhere you look, transportation is an issue Transportation of people and of goods. Most importantly, water. Large buckets and jerry cans can be seen on the tops of mainly women and children. These containers typically weigh over 45 pounds and were originally used to transport motor oil and pesticides. Now, millions of families are contaminating their life saving water with dirty buckets.
There is a solution! The PackH2O water backpack was created to alleviate the burden of everyday water transportation for women and children. It’s ergonomic design takes pressure off the head, transferring it to the shoulders and freeing up the hands. Its removable liner allows for easier cleaning and solar disinfection when laid in the sun. Each pack is affordable, while providing people in developing countries more time to do things like attend school and care for family.