World Water Day


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World Water Day

  1. 1. World Water Day: March 22, 2010 "The sheer scale of dirty water means more people now die from contaminated and polluted water than from all forms of violence including wars," the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) said. This water well on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, is used as a bath on Monday, March 22. "These deaths from unsafe water are an affront to our common humanity, and undermine the efforts of many countries to achieve their development potential." With no running water, villagers outside Yangon, Myanmar, retrieve water from a pond on March 21, part of a daily ritual.
  2. 2. Water from a cleaned up section of the Nairobi River in Kenya is raised to greet U.N. visitors to the work site on March 21. The U.N. says that in developing countries, more than 90 percent of raw sewage and 70 percent of untreated industrial wastes are dumped into surface waters. Standing water from recent heavy rain engulfs an abandoned neighborhood near the Salton Sea in Bombay Beach, Calif., on March 16. Cut off from a freshwater river supply, the Salton Sea now serves mainly as an agricultural drainage reservoir. A boy drinks water from a communal clean water source next to a contaminated river in Cape Town, South Africa, on March 12. The communal faucets in many poor areas are often near contaminated water and pose serious health risks. Some analysts predict that by 2025 more than 1.8 billion people will live in areas where uncontaminated water is in short supply.
  3. 3. A boy collects plastic from a garbage-covered river in Manila, Philippines, on March 21. Pakistani women carry drinking water in pots to their homes in Hyderabad, Sindh province, Pakistan, on March 18. Women in rural areas across the country have to travel many miles to fetch drinking water from wells. Their return journey takes around eight or nine hours, with each bringing back three or four liters. Pakistanis are facing shortage of clean drinking water due to drying rivers and the low level of water behind the country's dams. A Bangladeshi child suffering from diarrhea receives treatment in the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research's Bangladesh hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on March 18. The hospital admitted more than 400 patients every day over the prior week from consuming polluted water. Water has been a major problem for Dhaka residents. The Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority is supplying 1.50 billion liters of water a day against a demand of 2.25 billion liters as a result of frequent power outages and a subsidence in the groundwater level.
  4. 4. Cambodian villagers collect water from a pond near northwest Phnom Penh, on March 21. A sanitation worker cleans up Upper Lake in Bhopal, India, on March 20. Asia's largest artificial lake is lifeline for residents of Bhopal, as it supplies drinking water to 60 percent of the city's population.