Clean Water

How Many People Don’t Have Access to Clean Water?

To understand how many people don’t have access to clean water, you first have to understand the water available to the entire globe. Though the earth is covered in water, you cannot drink ocean water without desalinating it, which means removing the salt. There is not yet an efficient way to do this. Most of the remaining fresh water is trapped in the ice caps, and the rest is not evenly distributed or accessible worldwide.[1]

The World Health Organization reports the following staggering facts about the global water crisis:

  • Over 2 billion people live in water-stressed countries, which is expected to get worse.
  • At least 2 billion people use a drinking water source contaminated with feces.
  • Chemical risks in drinking water include arsenic, fluoride or nitrate, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) and microplastics.
  • Safe and sufficient water facilitates the practice of hygiene, which prevents not only digestive diseases, as well as acute respiratory infections and numerous neglected tropical diseases.
  • Microbiologically contaminated drinking water can transmit digestive diseases, such as cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio, and is estimated to cause 485,000 deaths each year.[2]

These issues are often concentrated in specific regions and follow certain geographic trends. However, there are solutions that fit a number of situations in an affordable way that serve areas with water scarcity in multiple beneficial ways.

GFA World has developed the Jesus Well, a 200-meter deep well dug by local contractors that is able to be maintained locally by church communities. The area drillers receive the business from GFA, and the churches get an opportunity to love people and share the love of Jesus Christ.

A Jesus Well can last 20 years, providing eight hours of clean water every day, about 20 million water cycles. Entire villages can be sustained with clean, fresh water for their needs through one Jesus Well, which costs on average $1,400 to install, and are easily maintained by the local congregation.

Water is not something that is nice to have. It is essential to the human body every single day for every function. God designed us this way, and He also designed the earth to hold pockets of drinkable water. You can be the one to give God’s gift of water to those who face water scarcity on a daily basis. Donate a Jesus Well today and help alleviate this crisis for one blessed village.

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[1] Water Pressure infographic. Raconteur. Accessed November 4, 2022.
[2] “Drinking-water.” World Health Organization. March 21, 2022.