You may feel used to stepping up to the faucet, turning the handle and immediately unleashing a steady stream of water, but that’s not the case for many people around the world. For approximately 2.1 billion people — that’s roughly 30 percent of the world’s population — clean water to drink isn’t a given. The World Health Organization (WHO) notes this is the number of people without instant access to safe drinking water at home, and the results of drinking contaminated water are catastrophic.
Can Renewable Energy Solve the Global Water Crisis?
Without clean drinking water, disease spreads. And it hits those with compromised immune systems, such as children, harder than others. In fact, WHO also states that a whopping 361,000 children under the age of five die every year due to a common and seemingly innocuous complication of drinking contaminated water — diarrhea.
But there is a ray of hope. Renewable sources of energy could drastically reduce the amount of fresh water the world requires. Continue reading “Can Renewable Energy Solve the Global Water Crisis?”