Whether it is to drink, make food or for sanitation, at Coomeva Private Healthcare, we encourage you to watch your personal water use.
Of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals the United Nations proposed to its member states, goal six advocates for clean water and sanitation as a fundamental to preventing the transmission of diseases and to protecting life.
If water is contaminated, it can spread diseases such as cholera, diarrhea, dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid fever and poliomyelitis. In its proper state, with hand washing, water helps prevent the spread of common infections such as the flu. It is also essential on a daily basis as, depending on their bodyweight, a person must consume between 1.5 and 2 liters of water a day to stay hydrated.
According to figures from the World Health Organization (WHO), 71% of the world’s population in 2015 had sustainable and safe access to water, with more critical situations occurring in African countries. The situation in Colombia is more promising, however: according to the country’s National Department of Statistics (DANE, Spanish acronym), in 2016, more than 90% of the population had access to quality water and aqueducts, coverage that continues improving each year.
A bigger problem the world is dealing with, however, is the estimated water shortage that is expected due to global warming. It is therefore necessary for all people to be aware of their water use, and that each action we take is a step closer to conserving the planet’s most important resource.
Small actions, great change
- Turn off the water to the sink or shower while you lather up, brush your teeth or wash your hands.
- Avoid throwing waste and contaminants, such as soap, in drainage basins.
- Use rainwater to water your garden or flowers.
- When you wash your clothes, do full loads in order to wash less often.