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Water Water Water These are the words of a person dying from thirst which me or you might be hearing or even crying it out aloud in the near future because human beings most serious problem and dilemma in the 21st century might not be war or hunger or disease or the collapse of civic order it may be the lack of Fresh Water according to a United Nations UNESCO report At present 11 billion people lack access to clean water while 24 billion lack access to proper sanitation nearly all of them in the developing countries Faced with disinterest at the leadership level and a world population not fully aware of the magnitude of the problem the global water crisis will reach astonishing colossal levels in the years ahead Although water is the commonest substance on earth only 253 per cent of it is fresh while the rest is salt water And of the freshwater two thirds is in the form of glaciers and permanent snow cover What is available in lakes rivers aquifers ground water and rainfall run-off is now increasingly coming under strain from urban areas industries in the developed world and agriculture in the developing world which is responsible for 70 of all the water use in the world Pollution from industries agriculture and urban areas such as cities and towns adds another severe pressure on fresh water supply About two million tons of wastes are dumped every day into rivers lakes and streams with one liter of waste water sufficient enough to pollute about eight liters of fresh water The worst and direct effects of fresh water scarcity will without a doubt be on health Water-borne illnesses such as stomach infections like diarrhea are caused by drinking pollutedcontaminated water vector-borne diseases such as malaria and schistosomiasis are passed on by the mosquitoes and small snails that need water to breed The majority of the victims of these
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