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  • Writer's pictureDeepa Rao

Become water-sensitive; every fifth child in the world confronts water scarcity.

Updated: Jan 31, 2022

Water stress had been worsened by decades of mismanagement, over-extraction of groundwater, and poisoning of freshwater supplies. Water stress has also been compounded by rapid population increase, urbanization, climate change, and extreme weather occurrences, resulting in a reduction in accessible quantities of safe water.

The world's water crisis isn't just coming; it's now here, and climate change is only exacerbating it. It is a human right to have access to safe drinking water. So, according to UNICEF, 2.2 billion people around the world still lack access to safe drinking water? If 2.2 billion of those individuals do not have access to safe drinking water, that means nearly one-third, of the world's population does not have safe drinking water. Statistics like these should numb us.

While everyone feels the effects of water scarcity, the most vulnerable children suffer the most. Children and families in vulnerable areas are confronted with the double-edged sword of dealing with severe water shortages while also having the poorest water services, making access to adequate water particularly vulnerable to climate shocks and catastrophic occurrences.

Every child has the right to grow up in a clean and safe environment. Children who have access to clean water, basic toilets, and proper hygiene habits not only thrive but also have a healthier start in life. According to a recent survey of 24 developing nations in Asia and Africa, more than 3.5 million children regularly retrieve all of their families' water. They carry approximately 45-pound buckets of water for more than 30 minutes each way. Children in underdeveloped nations walk an average of 3.75 miles per day to collect water, which equates to 6-7 hours per day.

When wells run dry, it is the children that miss school to go fetch water. Droughts reduce food availability, causing hunger and stunting in children. Children become ill from waterborne infections when floods occur. When water resources are scarce, children are unable to wash their hands to protect themselves from sickness.

Waterborne infections like dysentery and rotavirus, which cause severe diarrhea, are caused by contaminated water. Proper health and hygiene habits can save lives, particularly in underdeveloped countries where the poorest children are most vulnerable. Diarrhea is the most common cause of illness in children resulting in a newborn dying every minute and a child under the age of five dying every 12 seconds.

Despite COVID-19 putting the spotlight on the importance of hand hygiene to prevent the spread of disease, three billion people worldwide, including hundreds of millions of school-going children, do not have access to handwashing facilities with soap. We all have a part to play in lowering our water consumption's consequences on our water-scarce world. It is critical that we invest as a society in technology that will ensure that all residents of the world have access to clean drinking water in the future.

How is Maithri Aquatech’s mission to protect humanity and a vision to change the world is working? We believe that supplying clean water is a comprehensive activity at Maithri Aquatech. We adopt a methodology that transforms communities physically, socially, economically, and spiritually, simply providing clean water isn't enough. This is accomplished by investing in people, adopting safe water solutions, partnering for long-term success, and imparting hope.

The approach is building Atmospheric Water Generation (AWG) systems, which are reliable sources of clean, safe water in areas where water is scarce, inadequate, or contaminated. A method for extracting drinkable water from the atmosphere is atmospheric water generation (AWG). These systems do not require a water source, operate off the grid, do not waste water, and offer clean drinking water as needed. They don't rely on finite natural resources and don't emit any carbon emissions.

The amount of water vapour in the atmosphere is enormous, and atmospheric water generation is a method of harvesting that vapour to produce safe drinking water — the higher the humidity in the air, the more water that may be produced. The water produced by our AWGs is pure, free of contaminants, and provides an environmentally beneficial approach of supplying safe, pure water.

Water scarcity is a serious problem, and acceptance of AWG technology might provide a large source of clean water. AWGs can supply safe, pure water and aid with water security, guaranteeing that everyone has access to safe drinking water independent of municipal infrastructure failures or climate change. Small residential devices that can produce 25 litres per day to big units that can produce over 10,000 litres per day, AWG systems come in a variety of sizes. The air temperature and the amount of water vapour (i.e., humidity) present have a considerable impact on the rate of water production.

Our specialists at Maithri take the mission even further as we believe it is just not enough to provide clean water by establishing water systems and then walking away; compassion necessitates us to connect with the communities we serve and teach them how to be sustainable so that they may succeed in the long run. Maintaining a long-term monitoring and evaluation plan is one approach to accomplish so.

We gathered an authoritative panel of water industry professionals to examine distinct problems, possibilities, and possible paths ahead to better grasp what the future of water management might bring. Our monthly webinars addresses scenarios that spark strategic debates, foster collaboration and technological development, and encourage new and inventive ways of thinking.

We believe that people who have hope live in a world where they are free to thrive. We build optimism in the people and communities we serve by providing safe water solutions. It is easy to limit ourselves to thinking about safe water solutions while considering strategies to offer clean water. However, delivering clean water entails much more. To be genuinely successful, it needs investing in people, developing safe water systems, teaching for long-term sustainability, and inspiring optimism. We can end the world water crisis if we work together.

We must act immediately to handle the water situation and prevent it from worsening. Only through innovation, investment, and collaboration, as well as ensuring that services are sustainable and robust to climatic shocks, can we ensure water security for everyone. We must take action to save our planet.

Water availability, quality, water treatment options, and water reuse decisions we make today have an impact on the future living standards of communities all over the world. What is going to happen? No one is aware. However, it's critical to think about the options. Talk to our experts and learn more.

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