Could You Survive on 10 Litters a Day?
In this update we are sharing some information with you as to why the My Arms Wide Open, One Brick at a Time project is so important to the community of Bergnek and communities who face similar circumstances. In previous reports we shared the progress we've been making and the Bergnek project is on track for implementation in August 2015.The UN commitment
Safe drinking water and adequate sanitation are crucial for poverty reduction, crucial for sustainable development and crucial for achieving any and every one of the Millennium Development Goals
Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General
Could you do it?
Could you or I survive on less than 10 litres of water a day for all of our daily needs? The people of Bergnek have no choice; they have to survive on less than 10 litres a day.
Ensuring access to water and sanitation, as human rights constitute an important step towards making it a reality for everyone. It means that:
- Access to safe water and basic sanitation is a legal entitlement, rather than a commodity or service provided on a charitable basis;
- Achieving basic and improved levels of access should be accelerated;
- The “least served” are better targeted and therefore inequalities decreased;
- Communities and vulnerable groups will be empowered to take part in decision-making processes;
- The means and mechanisms available in the United Nations human rights system will be used to monitor the progress of nations in realizing the right to water and sanitation to hold governments accountable.
How is having sufficient water available for daily use defined by the UN and WHO?
The water supply and sanitation facility for each person must be continuous and sufficient for personal and domestic uses. These uses ordinarily include drinking, personal sanitation, washing of clothes, food preparation and personal and household hygiene. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), between 50 and 100 litres of water per person per day are needed to ensure that most basic needs are met and few health concerns arise.
Most of the people categorized as lacking access to clean water use about 5 litres a day-one tenth of the average daily amount used in rich countries to flush toilets. UNDP
Most people need at least 2 litres of safe water per capita per day for food preparation. WHO
The basic requirement of drinking water for a lactating woman engaged in even moderate physical activity is 7.5 litres a day. UNDP
The information we’ve presented here has been taken from the UN’s, The Human Right to Water and Sanitation, Media Brief
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