Clean Drinking Water

Safe drinking water is necessary for healthy human development and well-being. And access to clean water is so vitally important that the United Nations General Assembly recognizes it as a fundamental human right.

Clean Drinking Water

Image Details

A survivor of the 7.0 magnitude that struck Haiti in January 2010 carries a five-gallon plastic jug of clean drinking water on his shoulder in the Solino tent city in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Image name: Clean Drinking Water
Photographer: Sean Sheridan
File size 3.9 MB
Date created: February 16, 2010
Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: 35.0 mm f/2.0
Focal length: 35.00 mm
Exposure: 1/5000 sec; f/2.8; ISO 200
Image size: 4037 x 2686
Resolution: 300.00 pixels per inch
Flash: Did not fire
Location: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
A Haitian man carrying a five-gallon plastic jug of clean drinking water on his shoulder in the Solino tent city in Port-au-Prince.

Clean Water for the World

One of the most critical needs in the fight against poverty in the world is potable water. But economic inequalities and poor infrastructure keep millions of people from enjoying this human right. A lack of clean water keeps the poor awash in poverty.

663 million people worldwide still do not have access to improved drinking water.1

Poor water quality, along with water scarcity and inadequate sanitation has far reaching negative consequences for poor families all around the world. Lack of access to water that is clean and safe to drink affects a person’s food security, educational opportunities and livelihood choices.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations in 2015 do not affect people in isolation. They are interwoven. Goal six relates to goal three relates to goal two.

  • Goal six: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all.
  • Goal three: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
  • Goal two: End hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

Addressing the world’s water issues and achieving safe water for all is a goal to itself. But, successfully bringing clean water to the world is necessary if the global community is to help the poor and end poverty in all its forms everywhere, which happens to be goal number one.

Image Details

A survivor of the 7.0 magnitude that struck Haiti in January 2010 carries a five-gallon plastic jug of clean drinking water on his shoulder in the Solino tent city in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Image name: Clean Drinking Water
Photographer: Sean Sheridan
File size 3.9 MB
Date created: February 16, 2010
Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: 35.0 mm f/2.0
Focal length: 35.00 mm
Exposure: 1/5000 sec; f/2.8; ISO 200
Image size: 4037 x 2686
Resolution: 300.00 pixels per inch
Flash: Did not fire
Location: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
A Haitian man carrying a five-gallon plastic jug of clean drinking water on his shoulder in the Solino tent city in Port-au-Prince.

Compassion International is Giving People Clean Drinking Water

Deaths from diseases caused by dirty water are preventable. Yet the lack of access to clean water continues to complicate life for those in poverty. To fight this, Compassion International provides in-home water filtration systems to children and families participating in its child development programs.

One Compassion Water of Life system can filter more than 1 million gallons of water, essentially providing a family clean water for life. The system contains a bucket, hose, filter, connector and a syringe that is used for rinsing the filter with clean water, when needed.

Each Compassion Water of Life filter consists of tiny micro tubes with pores hundreds of times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. The pores remove deadly bacteria from water gathered from typical drinking water sources in the developing world (e.g., lakes, rivers, ponds, standing water, etc.) and only allow clean water to pass through. The filter effectively eliminates bacterial contaminants, including Cholera, Typhoid, E. Coli and Amoebic Dysentery.

Families that receive a water filter system receive training on how to use it and are also taught the importance of proper hygiene. The training along with additional hygiene education helps create positive long-term results and improved health.

  1. 1World Health Organization and UNICEF, 2015. 25 Years Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation 2015 Update and MDG Assessment.

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