Global Water Crisis – World Water Day Illustrations

Have access to clean water? Billions of people still don’t.

World Water Day is held annually as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

World Water Day is March 22, a day that supports the Sustainable Development Goal 6: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdg6

The mission of Sustainable Development Goal 6 is to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030. Too many people still lack access to safely managed water supplies and sanitation facilities. Water scarcity, flooding and lack of proper wastewater management also hinder social and economic development. Increasing water efficiency and improving water management are critical to balancing the competing and growing water demands from various sectors and users.

The Division for Sustainable Development Goals (DSDG) in the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) acts as the Secretariat for the SDGs, and provides substantive support and capacity-building for the goals and their related thematic issues, including water, energy, climate, oceans, urbanization, transport, science and technology, the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR), partnerships and Small Island Developing States.

Water shortage states in India

Hampi india:

There is a severe water shortage states in India. In fact the majority of water sources in India are contaminated by sewage treatment or agricultural runoff. India’s rapidly growing population also creates very serious hygiene problems. Only 15% of the rural population has access to a latrine. 

There is hope. And in this case, it lies in ancient Vedic (traditional Indian) technologies.

Mohan Rao is a Landscape architect. In 2014, Rao uncovered a reservoir system in Hampi, India, dating to the Hindu empire of ancient Vijayanagra, circa 1000AD. This ancient civilization sustained a population of half million people for hundreds of years with little rain. Rao’s work in Hampi has now provided new models for water supply management in developing cities and urban complexes around the world. Rao’s discovery could be a radical solution to dwindling water supplies of the world.

In Ayurveda, Indians have using copper to collect and store drinking water to decrease contamination and disease for thousands of years. These ‘mukta’ pots dissolve the bacterial lode and ionize the water. The pH level increases, and the waters electrolytes are replenished. Most microorganisms or harmful bacteria are destroyed in the process (i.e. typhoid, cholera, gastroenteritis.) Ayurveda suggests filling a copper cup with water before bed and drink it first thing in the morning every day for longevity.

Hampi India Water Girl Sketch

Hampi India Water Girl Illustration

Afghanistan Water Kid Sketch

Afghanistan Water Kid

Afghan Boy Water Kettle Blurb: 3/4 of Afghans live in rural areas. Even in urban areas, an estimated 64% have access to an improved water source. An improved water source does not mean the water is safe to drink. Even protected shallow wells often contain harmful bacteria. A piped water supply can also be contaminated. Households without access to an improved source get their water from open wells, springs, streams or rivers, all of which are often polluted.

The “Water and Sanitation Project” (WatSan), as well as the “Commercialization of Afghanistan Water and Sanitation Activity” (CAWSA) are both working towards developing solutions for safe urban water and sanitation services in Afghanistan.

To contribute or for more information check out: http://afghanistan.usaid.gov/en/home