Asia’s Hidden Problem: Polluted Water
In the midst of war, access to clean water remains a priority in conflict-ridden states in Asia.
While it is common knowledge that access clean water is tantamount to a human right, water pollution remains a powerful and alarming problem throughout Asia. The United Nations International Children’s Fund or UNICEF conducted its own study of in sixteen countries, including states in Asia like Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar,
The results of UNICEF’s research is alarming: children under the age of fifteen are more likely to die from lack of access to clean drinking water than from other circumstances, like outright poverty, hunger, and war. To say that access to clean water is more problematic than war speaks volumes of the scale of the problem itself.
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And if you add to the equation the fact that these children are in territories in conflict, one can easily imagine why access to clean water is so important. The response to insufficiency in clean water is not consistent, but there is some movement.
For example, Watts Water Technologies, Inc. recently built a water filtration system in India to help supply clean water to needy families and children in the country. Watts’ effort began a few years earlier when it associated with Planet Water Foundation.
With the combined effort of