Water Contamination and How It Affects Your Health
Water Quality and Health
Generally, there are many causes of poor water quality all over the world. In fact, over 50% of water contamination is human derived.
For instance, depositing garbage, human and animal wastes and many more in rivers.
The diseases associated with contaminated water may be one of the most serious health problems affecting the world’s population. This brings out the reasons as to why we need access to health services!
As a matter of fact, 1 in every 6 people on the planet do not have access to clean water. They use water that has contaminants whereby some boil and some don’t even remember!
Water shortages are imposing serious constraints on the expansion of food production and industry and a provision of adequate sanitation in many countries/regions in many countries.
In Kenya, incidences like infant mortality rate due to water contamination is reaching 39%. The median age being 19 years therefore, young people especially girls cannot go to school because they have to work.
They spend 12 hours each day collecting water and this is mostly caused by aridity, drought and desertification.
3 crucial researches between water and its contamination/constraints.
- The first constraint caused by the poor countries and the impact on human activities.
- The maintenance of water from contamination in the just going demand.
- There is indirection between water and health especially concerning diseases associated with insufficient and poor water quality and inadequate disposal of waste hence contamination.
Concepts of Water Scarcity and Contamination.
The quality of water favourable for your health must not contain pollutants like sediments, nutrients, toxic chemicals, pathogens and other contaminants.
Poor water quality can be detrimental or dangerous to your health because of unwanted contents in it (contamination).
Different diseases may occur as a result of people consuming such water and that is why access to safe water and sanitation is vital.
In fact, it is one of the major elements of Primary Health Care. So, What is Primary Health Care?
Mmaka Abbas. (2020). Jamii-Health Blogger & Community Health Officer/Health Counselor. Mombasa County. Kenya. https://jamii-health.co.ke/