How Can We Stop the Water Crisis?
Water is a lifegiving source of hydration and sanitation for everyone, yet many people lack adequate access to this resource. In developed countries, the water crisis may seem uncomfortable or even frightening. For much of the world’s population, however, scarce or contaminated water is a matter of life and death. For people without access to safe drinking water, water itself can be a source of disease and death. Access to clean water increases the health, mortality rates and well-being of communities worldwide.
So how can we stop the water crisis from getting worse?
- Increase water source protection — To keep water sources safe for consumption, they need to be protected from human waste, chemical runoff and other contaminants. Some water sources include local wells, rivers and reservoirs. To protect water sources, communities should move them from high-risk areas by factories, urban and agricultural areas and places where people defecate.
- Improve sanitation systems — Protecting water sources from contamination is vital, but water should also be tested and treated to eliminate harmful contaminants, including microscopic viruses. For example, in the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has standards for testing, evaluating and treating drinking water that helps keep vital water sources in homes and businesses safe for consumption.
- Increase handwashing — Providing comprehensive education about germs and proper handwashing etiquette decreases individual and communal risk for spreading germs and contracting viruses. Proper handwashing with soap and clean water prevents illness and infection by preventing the spread of germs.1
- Decrease water usage — Water overuse can be an issue in places where water is easily accessible. Reducing water usage can help prevent localized water scarcity. People can limit water use while doing dishes, washing clothes, showering or even teeth brushing by shortening the time the water is left running.
What is GFA World doing to help the water crisis?
GFA World, through local missionaries and pastors, has installed Jesus Wells in communities in Asia for more than 20 years and hopes to soon begin efforts in Africa as well. Jesus Wells can be a lifesaving resource for families, protecting them from dehydration, lack of sanitation and even severe disease through the clean water they provide.
Jesus Wells can last up to 20 years and provide water for approximately 300 people a day.
Please support GFA World in bringing thousands of Jesus Wells that supply lifegiving water to people in need. Clean, accessible water is a gift, and it is a gift to make it available to people worldwide.Learn more about the global water crisis
1 “Show Me the Science – Why Wash Your Hands?” Center for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/why-handwashing.html.