health

March 9, 2022

LINEO MABEKEBEKE

2 min read

Groundwater vital for life

Groundwater vital for life

Drilling a borehole somewhere in rural Lesotho

Story highlights

  • Many people lack access to safe drinking water
  • Underground water is often a solution for people without access to safe water

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THE current COVID-19 pandemic has further demonstrated the urgent need for universal access to safe water, as frequent and proper handwashing with soap and water is one of the most effective measures used to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

While many people lack access to this basic necessity vital for life, it leaves them at risk of diseases related to dirty water, poor sanitation and hygiene.

Khutlang Khutlang, President of the Enviro-Care Club says groundwater can be protected by limiting disposal of waste in rivers as ground water can work interchangeably during heavy rains.

During this year’s World Water Day celebrated annually on March 22, he said groundwater was an integral part of the climate change adaptation process, adding that it is often a solution for people without access to safe water.

Under this year’s theme: Groundwater: making the invisible visible, Mr Khutlang said access to safe water, adequate sanitation, and proper hygiene resources reduced illness and death from disease, leading to improved health, poverty reduction and socio-economic developments.

“Trees are designed by nature to hold and clean water, making them a vital part of any infrastructure,” he noted.

He said his club would plant more trees on a venue to be confirmed to commemorate this day.

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) says most arid areas of the world depend on groundwater, which supplies a large portion of the water used in drinking, sanitation, food production and industrial processes.

WHO shows that access to clean water and sanitation remains the best protection to reduce the spread of infections and save lives.

Sustainable management of water resources requires global action through strong international cooperation, the benefits of which extend far beyond the water sector.

“Everyone needs to play their full part in ensuring safe, secure, resilient and inclusive access to water and sanitation worldwide,” WHO also says.

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