Item #1 - the 783M (how can that be nailed down like that?) who lack access to clean water, as reported by agencies and not Ohio University, is an underestimate by a factor of two or more. That's my gut feeling. It's a matter of 'improved' water source v. 'clean' or 'safe' water. The former means some kind of infrastructure - perhaps as simple as a pipe in the ground - v. clean or safe water, which means water free of pathogenic organisms. People sometimes confuse 'improved' and 'clean/safe'; the terms are not synonymous.
Item #3 - unsure whether 'clean' water = better food. I've encountered water that I wouldn't drink but that appears to grow food that is just fine.
Item #4 - don't forget the transboundary aquifers.
Item #8 - unsure about this. I assume this means that untreated wastewater can imperil clean water. But how does clean water change the world vis-a-vis wastewater? You are still going to produce wastewater even if you drink/use clean water.
Item #10 - unclear specifically how clean water can change the world vis-a-vis climate change. Must be missing something here.
Read more here.
Here is the email message that accompanied the infographic:
Clean water is the lifeline of all countries and the repercussions of these rapidly declining levels affect not only pollution and climate changes, but education and sanitation availabilities, as well. With this in mind, I would like to bring to your attention an infographic created by Ohio University, which focuses on the global changes the provision of clean water could bring. As the graphic points out, the implementation of hygienic practices could decrease water-related deaths by 35%. In Africa, a 12% increase within female school attendance, was recorded as well, when the distance to water sources were reduced from 30 to 15 minutes. A full breakdown of theses statistics surrounding clean water’s impact can be seen in the infographic.
Your comments are welcomed.
Kudos to OU! Enjoy!
“Water is an astonishingly complex and subtle force in an economy. It is the single constraint on the expansion of every city, and bankers and corporate executives have cited it as the only natural limit to economic growth.” - Margaret Catley-Carlson (thanks to charity:water)