In yesterday's editorial column, the Los Angeles Times said of their clean water crisis...
"Much of that snowmelt feeds the San Joaquin River, which loses so much water to farms on its flow north that it goes completely dry for a stretch — then picks up again in part on the strength of agricultural and urban runoff, laden with nitrates and other contaminants. It is that dirty water that makes its way to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to be pumped to residents in Silicon Valley and Southern California.
Or consider the tap water in the Los Angeles County city of Maywood, which still comes in various colors and odors despite recent legislation imposing strict guidelines on the city's four private suppliers.
Or Santa Monica, whose supply became contaminated with gasoline additives.
Or indeed Los Angeles, which has been unable to make much use of its huge San Fernando Valley aquifer because it is contaminated with industrial solvents and chemical waste."
I thought it was interesting that the richest country in the world could not provide clean drinking water to its citizen so then I researched the clean drinking water situation in the rest of the world and found...
- 884 million people in the world lack access to safe water supplies.
- More than 840,000 people die each year from water-related disease.
- Almost 2 in 3 people who need safe drinking water survive on less than $2 a day.
- In many developing countries, millions of women spend several hours a day collecting water from distant, often polluted sources.
- Every minute a child dies of a water-related disease.