Skagit Water https://www.skagitwater.org/ A powerful force, the source of life, a step towards brighter tomorrow. Fri, 25 Nov 2016 19:09:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.1 https://www.skagitwater.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/favicon-150x150.png Skagit Water https://www.skagitwater.org/ 32 32 Everything you need to know about Water https://www.skagitwater.org/everything-need-know-water/ Fri, 25 Nov 2016 18:44:42 +0000 https://www.skagitwater.org/?p=99 Before you do something to help the people who are dealing with the shortage of the clean water, you need to learn everything about their communities and their everyday problems. The problem with the lack of water is that people in the developed countries don’t realize the harsh truth and that is that water isn’t a resource we can use unlimitedly, in fact, world water supply is very limited. It is the only supply we have, and that we’ll ever have so, we should be careful about every drop we spend.Here are some facts that might make you understand the situation we found ourselves in, and hopefully, motivate you to save water and share it with those who still don’t have access to it.

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Facts about the world water supply

water kidsRealizing the problem of the water shortage is very hard, especially when we have been taught that the Earth’s surface is 70% water ever since we were little kids. The thing we don’t know is that only 2% of the planet’s water is fresh.

However, even those 2% of clean water aren’t available to us, almost 1.6% of fresh water is, in fact, trapped in the shape of polar ice caps and glaciers. All this means there is only 0.4% fresh water for the humanity that consists of 7 billion people.

You would think that this amount of fresh water is enough for all of us. However, the fact is that even that amount isn’t shared equally among the communities. For example, an average African man has to walk about 1 mile to get fresh water, and an average person in the developed country doesn’t even have to stand up from his chair.

If you didn’t know about these facts, the following ones might hit you even harder. So prepare to get to know the harsh reality.

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One out of 6 persons, doesn’t have access to clean water. They cannot wash their dishes, and they cannot bathe in it let alone drink it. About 3 billion people don’t have access to portable water and 4 billion people from developing countries die from the water-related disease on an annual level.  What’s even more horrifying is that every 15 seconds a child dies from those water-related diseases.

When confronted with these facts, you should know the opposite ones too. To make the difference between developed and 3rd world countries even bigger and scarier, you should be aware that an Average American person uses about 2000 gallons of clean water each day, while an African family uses only five.

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What to do?

All the facts we mentioned above, made our organization and our members more serious and more determined to achieve our goals, help those who don’t have access to water, bring the source of all life to them and help them live a healthy life. If you want to help too but don’t know how, remember that only cutting your shower for four minutes saves 30 gallons of water that can be much more valuable to someone else.

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Tap VS. Bottled water https://www.skagitwater.org/tap-vs-bottled-water/ Fri, 25 Nov 2016 18:29:59 +0000 https://www.skagitwater.org/?p=90

Water is a resource that consistently gives us something to worry about. Shortage of water, saving it for the future generations, sharing the fresh water with the 3rd world countries and so on. However, even the people, like us, who have access to clear drinking water have problems. One of the most popular ones is which is better the tap water or the bottled one. For ages, people thought that the bottled water is much better and far healthier choice, however, in the recent years, people started asking themselves does the bottle makes the water safe to drink or maybe not?

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Advantages and disadvantages of bottled water

Just like any other thing, bottled water has its own benefits and disadvantages, at the end of this article, you will be able to decide which type of the water will you use in the future.

 

Where does it come from?

Contrary to the popular opinion, bottled water isn’t just water from the natural springs, just the opposite most of it comes from the municipal supply. Yes, maybe a part of it originated from natural sources but the most of it isn’t. This water is just purified, filtered and sold to us.

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Is it clean?

Even though you might think so, the bottled water isn’t 100% clean, it might contain some bacteria or even chemicals but so does the tap. However, the primary source of these chemicals is, in fact, the bottle.

 

Impact on the planet

bottled-water-3Bottled water, even though it’s safe to drink, isn’t so safe for our environment. While society struggles to cut down on using fossil fuels, making the plastic bottles only increases it. This can be avoided by drinking the water straight from the faucet.

One more important thing about the bottles is that creating them also requires spending the precious water we struggle to preserve and save for future generations. On an annual level, making empty bottles required 72 gallons of water according to the calculations of prestigious Universities all around the Globe.

When we put it like this, it seems like bottled water isn’t a good choice, however for those who don’t have tap water, it is much more than precious and valuable, it’s the source of life.

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Top 4 Clean Water Solutions for developing countries https://www.skagitwater.org/top-4-clean-water-solutions-developing-countries/ Fri, 25 Nov 2016 18:01:56 +0000 https://www.skagitwater.org/?p=80

Lack of clean water causes numerous issues for developing countries, the most horrifying of which are waterborne diseases and deaths. Aside from this, dirty water causes children to leave schools, adults to leave their work which also causes their community to stop developing. In order to help them grow, develop and live a healthier life we have educated ourselves and thought about possible solutions.

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The list of possible solutions

The list of options isn’t a long list, but it would mean all the difference in the world if we could just make it happen. Supplying these communities with bottled water just won’t be enough, even if we could send them gallons and gallons of water on a daily level.

Waste to Water

waste-to-waterRecycling human waste to make perfectly drinkable and safe water is possible. Even Bill Gates confirmed it by drinking a glass of water and saying he would drink it every day. Converting sewage to water will supply these communities with 2500 gallons of water from one cycle.

Desalination

Desalination90% of Earth’s water is actually the salt water if we could turn it to drinkable water than all the problems would simply disappear. Desalination process is very complicated and expensive. However, it seems this will be the only solution if we ever spend all our fresh water resources.

Personal Filter Straws

Individual filter straws are small devices used to filter water producing perfectly drinkable water for those who still don’t have it. They are small-scale devices and using them will destroy 99% of the bacteria in a glass of water.

Air to Water

air-to-waterThe United Arab Emirates is a country that already uses this technology. It is capable of producing 16 gallons of water from the dry air per hour. Eole, a company that created this technology in the first place, also offers home and office generator which are capable of producing 7 gallons of water per day.

Each of these solutions is possible. However, each of these is also very expensive, which is why we are hoping to acquire more and more members of our organization, collect the resources and supply the developing countries with these technologies.5

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Water & Health https://www.skagitwater.org/water-health/ Fri, 25 Nov 2016 17:45:37 +0000 https://www.skagitwater.org/?p=73

Developing countries are always coping with the water-related diseases. Almost 4 billion people die each year from this kind of illness, not to mention that every 15 seconds one child dies from this cause. Water is naturally full of bacteria. However, most of those bacteria aren’t dangerous, in developing countries, there is almost no clean water at all, and each glass of dirty water is a life-threatening weapon.

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In the modern day countries, water is chlorinated and filtered through carefully designed water supply systems, this way the water gets cleaned from different bacteria and diseases it carries. In the poorer parts of the world where water supply systems don’t exist, every day is a battle with the lurking water-related diseases such as cholera or typhoid fever.

Water and Children

water-and-childrenEven in the developed countries, mothers’ boil tap water before they give it to their young babies. In Africa and other underdeveloped parts of the world, mothers can’t even light a fire so that boiling the water for their kids isn’t even an option.

Aside from that, staying in school that has no drinking water is very hard for the children, therefore, education and school system in these communities are very endangered. Non-profitable organizations, just like ours, put in all their efforts to supply schools with the necessary drinking water that will preserve children’s health, motivation for learning and the most importantly develop the whole community. Drinking dirty water in the school or anywhere else for that matter will only cause children to collapse, lose their classes and even their lives.

Water and Education

Sickness is a big part of the life in the developing countries. Lack of clean water can make the whole families ill for days, months or even years. In this situation, even the youngest members have to take care of other members of the family. Walking miles and miles for clean water can cause them to miss the classes in school and even drop out. Lack of hygiene in schools also caused by the lack of water is one more reason why children leave schools. To help them grow, learn and live we have to give them access to clean water.

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