Josh Kurtz writes about the efforts to combat the water crisis in East Africa through training and empowering locals.
India’s water is being used faster than seasonal rains can replenish it. Almost 85% of India’s accessible water is contaminated. In a place where more than 200 million people have no access to clean water, every drop is essential. Improper sanitation and agricultural runoff allows for waste to seep into water sources making them unusable. A lack of legislation allows for big industries to drain local aquifers while contaminating rivers and lakes.
According to UNICEF/WHO Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP), nearly one billion people live without access to clean water, with the majority living in Sub-Sahara Africa. Daily, five thousand children die needlessly due to waterborne illnesses. These are serious problems. Seeing these issues firsthand caused Josh Kurtz to greatly consider learning how to work towards eradicating such problems in small African communities. He recently attended a well digging training course that taught him how to find water, drill for water using three different techniques, and extract water in order to provide clean drinking water for communities without it.