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World Water Day: 10 Places Most in Need of Clean Water

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“Without water, life would not exist.”- Water.org

Water is necessary for all humans to survive. Some of us have access to water and take it for granted. Many of us easily get our hands on a bottle of water from somewhere like Custom Water, or we can just go into our kitchens or bathrooms to get water from a tap. There are many more in this world who do not have this kind of luxury. There are billions of people being effected by a water crisis. Nearly one billion humans have no access to clean, drinkable water. And 2.5 billion people don’t have access to a toilet.

The goal of World Water Day is to raise awareness about the water crisis that is happening in our world. We need to educate ourselves on where the crisis is taking place and then we need to do our best to make it so that there will never be a need for another World Water Day.

Here are the ten places that are in dire need of clean, safe, drinkable water:


Only 13% of the country has clean drinking water readily available, according to NationMaster. Some areas of Afghanistan are physically scarce of water, but the majority of the population is affected by a lack of safe access to clean water. Water is a necessity in every country. There are many people who struggle with finding a supply of clean, fresh water to both drink and use for hygiene purposes. To fetch water from locations miles away from their home, it is a mission, especially if this is an everyday task. Locals use various sized water storage containers to transport the water between themselves. As there are many sizes, the transportation of water can become a lot easier. Inadequate infrastructure to supply water, increased pollution, neglect and destruction from turmoil in the country have all led to an increased need for clean water for a growing population of people. This is why containers like these are necessary.


Africa is one of the first places that many think of when considering those most in need of water. Ethiopia is especially in need. The state has a population estimate of 82 million. Fourty-two percent of the population has access to an improved water supply. Only 11% have access to clean sanitation. The lack of water contributes to a high infant mortality rate (77/1,100 live births), health problems, and a lack of education. Women and children are burdened with the task to get water. Sometimes walking up to six hours to collect water from unprotected pools of water that might be contaminated.


Chad has been affected by a water crisis as well as a food crisis. The Horn of Africa is being hit with the worst drought that it has ever seen which is causing a food shortage and also a water shortage. Oxfam reports that over one million children are at risk of severe acute malnutrition in the areas of Chad, Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and northern Senegal.


In Cambodia 84% of the population does not have access to clean, safe water. The Mekong River flows through this area of Southeast Asia and it is often affected by monsoon season from May to November. How could a place that has a river flowing through it and a monsoon season be in a water crisis? A lack of technology, contamination of water, and a reliance on rainfall for drinking water contribute to the water crisis in Cambodia.


A country that holds the largest part of the Mekong River is experiencing a water crisis due to low water levels. The river is a crucial resource for the country and its people. Laos depends upon the river for electricity, food, transportation, and much more. According to the Asia Foundation, “In recent years, hydropower has become one of Laos’ largest industries, and much of the farming – subsistence agriculture supports 80 percent of the population – and resulting food supply in Laos is affected by the health of the Mekong and its tributaries.” Low water levels can mean devastation for those living in the area.


Water.org reports that one in five people in Haiti lack access to a sanitary toilet and half of the people in the area lack access to clean water. Haiti is still trying to recover from the 2010 7.0 magnitude earthquake that killed an estimated 316,000 people and devastated buildings, residences and many settlements including Port-au-Prince. Water.org pledged to bring 50,000 Haitians water at the 2009 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. Since Haiti is a water-stressed area finding resources to use is a challenge. Soil erosion, deforestation, and a lack of water treatment facilities are contributing to Haiti’s water crisis.


There are quite a few areas in Ghana affected by a water crisis. The Volta Region which borders Bukina Faso and Togo are remote and poor regions. Very few families have access to improved sanitation and many families lack access to safe water. Waterborne diseases are common health issues in the area. Diarrhea and guinea worm (an endemic in Ghana and three other countries) are the common waterborne illnesses. Sadly, the contributing factor to guinea worm is the lack of clean drinking water. The disease could be eradicated by drinking clean, uncontaminated water.


A growing population in India is putting a strain on the countries natural resources. Water sources have been contaminated by sewage and agricultural runoff. Water.org reports that 21% of communicable diseases in India are related to unsafe water. Progress has been made in the country, but much more is needed to bring safe water to a growing population.


Rwanda is a developing nation that is rich in water resources yet lacks the infrastructure to bring clean water to its population. Public water systems are hard to install because of the lands topography. Water shortages and a lack of clean, accessible water increases a threat to the Rwandan people. The population faces preventable diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, typhoid, and many other diseases. A lack of clean water means that Rwanda has a high childhood mortality rate, one in five.


One of the major health problems in Bangladesh can be traced to water scarcity and a lack of quality water. Diarrheal diseases account for over 100,000 deaths of children each year. The water crisis affects both rural and urban areas. Many in the slums of Dhaka, the capital city, do not have access to a safe toilet and only 16% of the population in rural areas actually has access to a latrine. Population in Bangladesh is increasing especially in urban areas and the need for clean, safe water for consumption and for safe, sanitary toilet usages.

If you want to help give water to those who are in need please get involved, spread the word or make a donation to Water.org.

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  • lftrsuk

    Many countries and regions suffering shortages of potable water may, coincidentally, need to be investing in power generation. The powers that be, in those localities, need to know that technologies exist to generate power and produce high temperature ‘waste’ heat capable of efficiently powering desalination plants free-of-charge. Potable water, in huge quantities can be produced from brackish groundwater and sea water. See: http://lftrsuk.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/more-potable-water-as-important-as-less.html

    It is worth noting that conventional coal and nuclear power stations have to be sited near bodies of water and consume large quantities, whereas, if only power generation is required, the technology described in the above link can be air-cooled and so is deployable in arid regions.

    Anybody worried about equitable availability of potable water should consider staunch support of this essential power source.

  • fifi

    “Without water, life would not exist.”:
    We have made from water every living thing.
    Will they not then believe?(Koran 21:30)

    • AC

      please, more religious propaganda!

      • Anindita Dasgupta

        Fifi is just trying to show the NON RELIGIOUS message from Quran here. I am so not religious, but i respect every scientific part of all the holy books. Please see the good side.

    • Nimph


    • alissa

      I agry

  • Swag monster

    The need of water passes the need of human life. All sources of life and resources need the nutrients that are in the one source of water. Therefore water is and should be everywhere a human right. All life form should have a it is a basic thing and source of nutrients in order to keep the earth and sources healthy. There are many reasons that we have a lack of water in the needed countries, the reason is that many coke companies and big export companies use the water from the soil and land to collect the nutrient and ingredients that they need for there supplies and drinks. The effect of a lackage of water could end up devastating, and in many cases as a war or even a world war rampage leaving the poor countries in the middle of the mess.

  • Moo moo cow24637

    Who likes water?! I love water?!

  • Rovin Kmtrs

    i really pity this people i cannot think to live without water

  • iiSwag


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  • david

    the problem exist…but i am sure that the real problem will arrive when there is no solution…why??? easy to explain ..
    the water circuit is huge over the world…and will not dessapear during many years of crisis…
    because always there is some reserves …and the real problem delays because of the winter ..but there is an acumulate effect….that is coming more and more huge….

    easily….is like an water well punping to a pool…and you uses the pool water…without knowing that pump is trowing less water inside the pool…and you keep using water like all is normal…but every day the pool level is lower…and when you turn to see the level …is late because is near the botton …..

    that is happening with mountains, rivers,,lakes…snow..(which stays shorter than ever)

    I live at south of chile and i am forest studies…and always been observed.

  • #flintjuglifewater

  • Chuck

    There was that billionaire that created 5hour energy and he working on a solution to supply clean water to these areas , they were like ships that would be stationed in the ocean and could purify sea water to drinking water and through these giant hoses bring in water to these areas with little or no water , he had said he was pledging a big portion of his money to projects such as these to help people .

    • Franco

      the ships/plants itself cost billions to maintain a year…… Israel is the only country to have such technology..

  • I_Do_Crossfit

    As a feminist vegan crossfitter I must admit that my queer-sexual feelings towards this topic are very hurt.

    • I_Do_Crossfit

      Have I told you i do crossfit

    • I_Do_Crossfit

      I am also vegan

    • I_Do_Crossfit

      masoginistic pig

    • I_Do_Crossfit

      I make dank memes for a living

  • Crystal Jewett

    i so sorry for this to happen

  • Crystal Jewett


  • alissa

    omg I did not think it would be that bad but after I read that I was crying on the inside

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