Water and our Health.


Water and Our Health
water is life. Apart from oxygen, there is no other commodity required by man in large and constant supply to stay alive more than water. Even scientists and hydrologists agree that the next world war will be about water.

Here is why;

Water is a fundamental commodity. Each person on Earth requires at least 20 to 40 liters of clean and safe water a day for drinking, cooking, and for keeping themselves clean (Hygiene). Water is also essential for hydration, food production and sanitation.
Water is a “universal solvent”, it dissolves more substances than any other liquid known to man. Water is therefore important to every living creature on earth. As water flows, it provides an efficient way to transfer nutrients and other substances across cells.
Water constitute 71 percent of total earth cover. The oceans holds 96% of this water. 3% is clean water and available for drinking and domestic usage. The other 1% flows in the rivers and underground wells.
The water in the oceans (96%) is salty and unsafe for drinking or domestic usage while 3% of the remaining is held in ice caps and glaciers. Only 1% of the available water is directly available for our usage. This is the water flowing in rivers and in some underground wells. These sources of good water is replenished when it rains. God made seasons to keep this system self-sustaining to support both plants and animal life on earth. But we must protect the environment as God made it to work to sustain this balance.
Water scarcity in Kenya
More than 1.2 billion people lack access to adequate clean drinking water in the world.
In Kenya, One in three homes lack access to a safe source of drinking water, putting the occupants at high risk of diseases and premature death.
Water and sanitation data reviewed by ‘’Nation Newsplex’’ showed that only 12.5 per cent, or one in eight, of rural dwellers in Kenya have access to piped water compared to 40 per cent or four in 10 of urban dwellers. This is a sorry state 55 years after independence.

A significant number of people cannot afford to have piped water. A whole 40 per cent of rural dwellers spend half an hour or more in search of safe drinking water. Dirty water and poor sanitation cause diarrhea in children which kills about 5,400 children aged under five in Kenya annually, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef).
Diarrhea is the second leading cause of death in children aged under five years old worldwide and the third in Kenya, after complications related to birth and pneumonia. Diarrhea diseases also rank among the top five causes of illness in Kenya for both adults and children.
Water scarcity already affects almost every continent and more than 40 per cent of the people on our planet. By 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity, and two-thirds of the world’s population could be living under water stressed conditions, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization.
Kenya is on course to be among these countries. Today, Kenya’s water towers are threatened, putting 70 per cent of Kenya’s water supply at risk.

Between 2000 and 2010 Kenya suffered a loss of 62 billion litres of water as well as a loss in aquatic biodiversity and resources accompanied by a rise in respiratory diseases and malaria. During the same decade, the country lost about 1.7 million hectares, or nearly three per cent of its forest cover.
Kenya has 29 water towers spread across the country. According to the Kenya Water Towers Status Report that was released recently, 11 of the 29 water towers have not been gazetted and need to be to ensure their protection, conservation and enhancement for the benefit of future generations.
Forest cover is crucial to a water tower and plays a crucial part in the water cycle by influencing the interception of rainfall, evaporation, the infiltration of water into soil and underground storage.
Keep it here tomorrow when we explore how lack of adequate water intake affects our health directly.

Your total wellness is our concern.

With Profound regards,
Maina Azimio.
I.C.F, Conference Speaker and Corporate Trainer in Wellness.
Tell: 0704 561 095 or 0722 516 896
Email: azimio@azimawellness.com
Website; azimawellness.com/mainazimio.co.ke

Cc: kevin Ochieng

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