The Environmental Journal


Deadliest Element
October 15, 2010, 6:33 pm
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What is the most common element known to man but yet kills 42,000 people every week? 42,000 people every week are being killed from drinking unsafe water. We take water for granted; no one realizes that many people are dying every day just from drinking contaminated water.We think water will always be there for us but yet there are many people in the world who die from lack of water or contaminated water. I was looking through one of  the environmental blogs and I found 4 facts that probably many of us wouldn’t know.

  1. Every week, 42,000 people die from unsafe drinking water and unhygienic living conditions.
  2. Students in developing countries lose443 million school days each year due to diseases associated with the lack of water, sanitation and hygiene. Repeated episodes of diarrhea and worm infestations diminish a child’s ability to learn and impair cognitive development.
  3. More people have access to cell phone than to toilets. As a result, tons of untreated human waste make their way to water sources causing a litany of diseases, and even death.
  4. The US, Mexico and China lead the world in bottled water consumption, with people in the US drinking an average of200 bottles of water per person each year. Over 17 million barrels of oil are needed to manufacture those water bottles, 86 percent of which will never be recycled.

I was astonished by these statistics; I never knew that many people were dying just from contaminated water. It was more astonishing to found out that more people have access to cell phones than toilets. It goes to show that our society has turned more materialistic rather than be worried with our daily necessities. However, we can still help people from drinking contaminated water by just following these few steps. Just remember that clean water won’t always be on earth  unless we help sustain and protect the water from being contaminated. So always make sure to recycle your bottles waters and recycle anything that is recyclable.

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