Access To Clean Water Should be a Human Right

Phionah Musumba
Posted November 4, 2015 from Kenya
Children fetching water from the borehole.

Water is the most precious natural resource known to man. Nine in ten ten people would choose water over electricity, simply because water is life. In Gamoi village of Vihiga County in Kenya exists a borehole that serves a population of around 300, which is an average of 50 households.

There is no hygienic mechanism of drawing the water from the borehole. Said borehole doesn't have a proper lid to keep out foreign objects from falling inside or being thrown in by children as young as 4 years old, who come to draw water for their daily use. It is also a hazard in itself as children can easily fall in while drawing water.

It becomes a health hazard especially when there's an outbreak of waterborne diseases because the bucket that they use to draw the water is used by everyone regardless of their hygienic situations. In no time at all, the small village gets infected by diseases that could have been prevented by observing strict hygiene practices.

Ignorance they say is no defence. The villagers 'treat' the water by throwing solid chlorine into the borehole, which is dangerous as the water doesn't have an outlet that would diffuse the concentration of this dangerous chemical.

The situation can only be remedied by installing an electric or manual water pump, which would completely seal the borehole, thus making the water safe to drink.

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Nusrat Ara
Nov 10, 2015
Nov 10, 2015

You are right Phionah everyone should have access to clean drinking water. It is so sad to read about the situation in the Kenyan village but the sad part is it it true of most of the rural areas especially in the developing world. And with decrease in the fresh water resources the situation is getting worse.

Thanks for sharing.

Dec 12, 2015
Dec 12, 2015
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Phionah Musumba
Dec 12, 2015
Dec 12, 2015

Hey Nusrat, Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my post. I am hopeful that soon things will work out for the better for all communities around the globe that are struggling to get clean water to drink.

Victoria Green
Nov 12, 2015
Nov 12, 2015

Dear Phionah, the safe drinking water is one of priorities in a human right! I don't know where the responsible people are looking, as I in person, had the chance to visit Kenya and villages around. I did not dare to taste what locals drink. And the sistuation is not changing. Could you please send some pictures along with a message from your community into a post in this group. Maybe we could start a campaign to bring more attention to your problem, along with the sollutions. 

Best wishes for a better water quality! 

Victoria

Phionah Musumba
Dec 12, 2015
Dec 12, 2015

Hello Victoria,

Thanks a bunch for your comment. We have tons of photos to this effect, which would do a lot in helping people get a first hand understanding of the problem on the ground. We really do need clean water to drink. It is our right.

Tamarack Verrall
Dec 07, 2015
Dec 07, 2015

Dear Phionah,

This is vital information about living conditions that no person on Earth should be having to endure. I join my voice with yours, Nusrat's and Victoria's that everyone should have access to good drinking water, through a well-built well, accessible so that the drawing of water is not on the shoulders of the children. It is time that as Victoria suggests, we gather and share information to create the needed change. Your giving us all this information is the base of possible action. As climate change talks go on, we can solidly and steadfastly point to safe water as a leading priority for global governments. My country has promised money. We will be pressing our government to make water solutions to be a priority.

Sending best wishes,

Tam

Phionah Musumba
Dec 12, 2015
Dec 12, 2015

Hey Tam, Thanks a lot for your comment. I am hoping that at this time next year, we will be talking of a different story, a positive impact of this moment in time. That children will have the time to study and concentrate their energies on other more fun things like playing instead of fetching unclean water.