Water is essential for life. Without it, we cannot survive. However, water can also be a source of devastation for communities. For example, ten months after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, there were approximately 820,000 cases and almost 10,000 deaths from cholera-contaminated drinking water.
This blog will delve into the significance of hydration and the concept of safe drinking water. By embracing these concepts, we can reduce waterborne diseases that plague Haiti.
The Importance of Safe Drinking Water
Safe drinking water is crucial for the health and well-being of humans. It is essential for hydration and maintaining bodily functions. However, accessing safe drinking water is a significant challenge in many communities, especially when there is poverty, inadequate infrastructure, and when the area is prone to natural disasters.
What Should You Do?
If your water source is lost, you will likely need to treat other options before consuming. Other options may include the water heater, toilet tank, house gutters, outside open containers, low-lying areas, etc. If these aren't available, you may need to put on your walking shoes and retrieve water from surface and sub-surface sources. If all else fails, you may want to put on your improvising hat and create condensation or transpiration water collection systems (more on this later). The bottom line is don't sit around! You need water to survive.
The Role of Dr. Davenport in Overcoming Water-related Challenges
Dr. Davenport's work has led him to educate communities on sanitation and methods of creating a clean and safe water source. His efforts have helped decrease the risk of waterborne diseases like those in Haiti.