Water Filters are Installed; Plumbing Fixtures are Next!

The water crisis is a health crisis. Globally, more than 844 million[1] people live without access to clean water; killing a child every 90 seconds[2] from water related diseases.

While most of us living in America use up to 100 gallons[3] of water per person throughout our day, and using clean water to flush our toilets, roughly 1.3 million Americans[4] still struggle for the right to safe clean drinking water in their homes. As a parent, I cannot fathom the frustration of those parents who are not able to provide clean water for their children.

As water quality and access issues continue to strike across the nation, we need do more to avoid crises such as recent Flint, Michigan tragedy, which has exposed the health of between 6,000 to 12,000 children[5] to impaired cognition, behavioral disorders, hearing problems and delayed puberty.[6]

We cannot continue to leave underrepresented communities, especially children, without help.

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References

[1] “The Crisis. Statistics”, WaterAid, 2017, http://www.wateraid.org/what-we-do/the-crisis/statistics

[2] “The Water Crisis”, Water.org, 2017, https://water.org/our-impact/water-crisis/

[3] “Water: Questions and Answers. How much water does the average person use at home per day?”, USGS, December 2nd, 2016, https://water.usgs.gov/edu/qa-home-percapita.html

[4] “What we do”, DIGDEEP, 2017, https://digdeep.org/what-we-do/

[5] Fox, Maggie, “Flint Water Crisis Feds Expand Programs to Help Kids Affected by Lead”, NBC News, March 2nd, 2016, http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/flint-water-crisis/flint-water-crisis-feds-expand-programs-help-kids-affected-lead-n530556

[6] Gulledge ,Jacqueline, “Flint Water Crisis Leaves Long-Term Impact on Children’s Health”, CNN, January 31st, 2017, http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/31/health/iyw-flint-water-crisis-two-years-later/index.html