Water is our topic – about water is our blog

Water (H2O) is a chemical compound of the elements oxygen (O) and hydrogen (H). Water meets us everywhere. It covers about 70 percent of the earth’s surface.

Our body consists of up to 70 percent water at a young age. Animals and plants are mostly water. Water is a major component of a variety of our foods. Around two liters of water, a human being in our latitudes should drink daily to meet the needs of the body. Water is also an essential ingredient in many industrial production processes. The production of medicines, furniture, cars, everyday care products using huge amounts of water. Likewise, agriculture consumes enormous amounts of water every day. To put it briefly:

Water is everywhere. It’s in everything we do. It is the source of all life on earth.

Water and ecosystem 

Water is an elemental component of terrestrial ecosystems, both quantitatively and qualitatively. Nature has the ability to absorb and self-cleanse. However, the continued overuse and pollution of world water resources exceeds natural self-healing powers and causes massive damage to ecosystems, e.g. loss of water quality, biodiversity loss, livelihood restrictions and damage to our food sources (mainly fish and sea food) and high remediation costs. Environmental damage leads to an increase in natural disasters and jeopardizes the future availability of water [1-4].

We are part of the water cycle

Humans have become an important factor in the hydrological cycle. Global population growth and rising consumption have increased the pressure on scarce freshwater resources.

At the same time, global freshwater resources are polluted and further reduced. Every day about 2 million tons of waste are deposited in receiving waters. It is estimated that daily wastewater production amounts to 1,500 km³. Assuming that one liter of dirty water spoils eight liters of drinking water, the amount of wastewater increases to about 12,000 km³ per day. In particular, people in developing countries suffer from the lack of clean (drinking) water. Approximately 50% of people here have no access to clean water [1-3].

What do water and health have to do with each other?

Water-related diseases are among the most common causes of illness and death worldwide. Most affected are poor people in developing countries. Here are many gastrointestinal diseases, including diarrhea, on the consumption of contaminated drinking water to lead back. The estimated mortality rate for water and waterborne diseases in emerging and developing countries is approximately 2.2 million deaths in 2000. The majority of people at risk of illness and death are children under 5 years of age. Most of these illnesses and deaths could be avoided through improved water and sanitation, hygiene and water management practices. At the same time, it would also be possible to gain advantages in the fight against poverty [3,4].

This is just an outline of what water represents in our lives and why it is so important to protect this resource, to develop new methods of water purification and why water, means life.

In our blog posts, we go deeper, it is not only facts to discuss, but also to show solutions.

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Sources:

  1. Gardizi, F.; Möller, L. (2012): Weltwasserbericht 2012: Trends in Afrika. Online unter: https://www.unesco.de/wissenschaft/2012/weltwasserbericht4-afrika.html; letzter Zugriff: 18.06.2016.
  2. World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) (Hrsg.) (2003): Wasser für Menschen. Wasser für Leben. Weltwasserentwicklungsbericht der Vereinten Nationen.
  3. World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) (Hrsg.) (2015): Wasser für eine nachhaltige Welt. Der Weltwasserbericht der Vereinten Nationen 2015.
  4. World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) (Hrsg.) (2003): Wasser für Menschen. Wasser für Leben. Weltwasserentwicklungsbericht der Vereinten Nationen.

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