We constantly stress the importance of drinking water throughout the day. Hydration is one of the most important factors in feeling healthy, having energy and maintaining fantastic skin and hair. Your body needs water to survive. But did you know that the world’s supply of this necessary liquid could soon run out?
Over 70 percent of our Earth’s surface is covered by water, according to the website Global Change. The supply of water on Earth seems abundant. However, 2.5 percent of the water you see is actually fresh water, but only about 1 percent is directly available to humans. This is the water that comes from lakes and rivers and it’s replenished by snowfall and rain.
In many third-world countries, water is a precious and scarce commodity. According to Do Something, approximately 884 million people in the world lack access to safe water. An astounding 840,000 people die each year from water-related diseases and illnesses.
These statistics are alarming and may seem “too big” for us to alleviate. But since we all dip into the world’s water supply, we can all do something to preserve it. Your habits may seem insignificant, but take a good, hard look at your water bill the next time it arrives. How many gallons are you using on average? What is “average” to you would be plentiful to someone in an impoverished country.
Water is essential for hydration, hygiene, sanitation and daily survival.
What can you do to help ease the water crisis?