By: Alli Tolbert, Communications & Marketing Intern
Happy World Water Day from Edge of Seven!
Water is an essential factor in life and human and economic development. In rural Nepal, many villages are challenged by mountainous terrain and lack access to clean drinking water and sanitation. As such, many women and girls are often tasked with the responsibility of collecting water for their families to be used in cooking, cleaning, and consumption.
In the summer of 2011, Edge of Seven collaborated with The Small World in a project to bring a sustainable water supply to the village of Purdu. This included 2 water tanks, filters, 3km of piping and 8 community taps. Access to community taps will allow women and girls to have more time spent on productive activities such as pursuing education, tending to crops or generating new sources of income.
Below are some interesting water facts! (data taken from Envirocivil.org):
–884 million people lack access to clean water. That is almost 3x the population of the US
-Women spend 200 million hours a day collecting water
-An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than a typical person in a developing country slum uses in a whole day
-More people in the world have cell phones than access to a toilet
-The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns
-People living in the slums often pay 5-10x more per liter of water than wealthy people living in the same city
-As little as one dollar can provide clean water for a child in the developing world for an entire year
How much water are you consuming on a daily basis? Check your own water footprint here
Interested in being a part of water projects in Nepal? Be sure to check out our upcoming trips!