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Water is a resource believe to be unlimited but only recently people recognize it as a finite resource There are many countries that have water shortages such as Mexico Chile and South Africa In West Africa people drink the same pond water where mothers launder clothes and thirsty cattle drink The water are contaminated with guinea worm larvae and other deadly parasites Children are dying of typhoid cholera and dysentery They are going blind from trachoma According to John Peet Europe editor for The Economist states the two main reasons why so many people in poor countries do not have clean water are first that most of it is wasted in subsidized irrigation by farmers who use over 75 of all water in developing countries and second that water utilities tend to be corrupt inefficient and to charge too little Peet The Johannesburg Summit 2002 is an organization that focuses on achieving on sustainable development The Summit was at Johannesburg South Africa from August 26 to September 4 2002 Their focus on sustainable development includes economic growth and equity conserving natural resources and environment and social development One of the organizations main goal is to improve access to clean water At the same time human demand is rising and competing usage for water are rapidly increasing pressure on water sources Solving these problems will require more financial investment and advance technological solutions from the public and private sectors One out of every five human beings lacks access to safe drinking water the most basic of human needs About 11 billion people lack access to safe drinking water Contaminated drinking water and an inadequate supply of water account for 10 percent of all diseases in developing countries Johannesburg In poor countries paying less for water does not help the poor but
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