A stream of clear, clean water is what you expect to see when you turn on a faucet, right? If brown, murky—or even chunky—water poured out of that faucet, would you dare to touch it, wash your hands or face with it, use it to brush your teeth? Would you fill a cup with it and drink it?
For many people in Asia living in areas affected by water crisis, the brown, murky water taken from ponds, lakes and rivers is their everyday drinking, cleaning and bathing water. It’s not a choice they want to make; it’s the choice they have to make.
Many families suffer because they don’t have any clean-water sources or filters. According to the World Health Organization, “Globally, at least 2 billion people use a drinking water source contaminated with feces.”1 They estimate that by 2025, “half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas.”1