By: Amelia, Ann, Audrey, and Brynn
4th grade: Mrs. Hampton's Class
What Happens with Dirty Water?
Dirty water kills more people than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. Bad water kills more kids than a violent conflict such as war. 3.4 million people die per year from dirty water and 1.5 million kids die from dirty water per year.
Dirty water is very dangerous and all over the world. It is difficult for all people to get clean water. It can be too expensive, or water might not be near where they live. Some people walk very far to get clean water.
It is hard to find clean water even in the United States. On April 25, 2014, a city in Detroit named Flint had their water service changed from nearby Detroit’s system to the Flint river. It was expected to save money for the city but there was lead in the water. This caused many health issues like diarrhea, loss of nutrition, and even death.
It took two years for Michigan to believe the water was affecting people. But it’s not just people that’s getting affected, it’s also their food. For example, fish swim in the water that has dangerous amounts of lead and people are eating the fish.
Dirty Water and Covid
Dirty water has affected COVID. People are told to wash their hands, but they can’t trust their own tap water.
People are also getting weaker from drinking dirty water, so they have a higher chance of getting COVID.
People are having to go out of their houses to get clean water which gives them a greater chance of getting COVID.
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- The most important thing on Earth is water. Our earth is 70% covered with water and a lot of people don’t have it.
- Worldwide 1.5 billion people don’t have access to an improved water source. Almost 1 out of every three people don’t have clean water.
- 1.5 billion people don’t have clean and safe water.