Pollution Law Watch

Got Clean Water?

Posted in Contamination, Groundwater, Pollution


A drink of clean water is available in most places in our wonderful country.  It’s available on tap in our homes, at water fountains in parks and in our children’s schools.  Cool, clean aqua is available in the water coolers in our offices.  If you are thirsty – go get a glass.

A pretty simple concept, right?  Drinking water is healthy and the best hydration option.  If you are thirsty or hot or parched, go get yourself a glass of water.

Sadly, in other areas of the world, this simple concept is not even an option.

According to the World Water Council, 1.1 billion of the world’s population live without clean drinking water.  2.6 billion people lack adequate sanitation, mostly because they don’t have access to clean water.   3,900 children die every day from water-born diseases, i.e., “dirty” water.

Pretty scary statistics, right?  Still thirsty?

In places like Zambia, Africa – the families living there do not have access to a clean drinking supply.  They don’t have clean water to irrigate their gardens to grow food, and their children are especially threatened by water-borne diseases and poor nutrition caused by this lack of clean water.

The Pollution Lawyers are a proud financial supporter of the Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise clean water projects. Our financial support will continue to strengthen a long term commitment by the Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise to clean water projects in Zambia, Africa. Administered through the Tikondane Community Centre in Chipata, the funds support a program aimed at improving the basic health and nutrition of a population of 20,000. The program constructs wells that supply clean water for drinking and cooking as well as to irrigate gardens that produce vegetables to supplement a meager diet.   This money also provides for education and skills training, latrines, sustainable protein sources, and a new clean water well and irrigation system.  Children in particular benefit from a reduced rate of illnesses and the nutrition increases their ability to learn at school, which is also provided by Tikondane and the Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise.

So, maybe the next time you fill up at the water cooler, or help yourself to a public water fountain, or even water the flowers in your garden, you will stop and reflect on how fortunate most of us are in America  to have access to this water.  Billions of others aren’t as fortunate.

(Blog post contributed by:  Johannah Drerup)