Friday, September 05, 2008

Haiti and Water

Haiti has too much water right now...just not the right type.

The ratio of potable water per person in Haiti is one of the worst in the world.

The New England Journal of Medicine (August 21, 2008) had this to say about the politics of clean water and sanitation:

Most U.S. residents turn on their faucets feeling confident that they won't contract a waterborne disease. Many people in the developing world have access to only 5 liters of water per day, whereas the average American uses 10 times that amount merely to flush the toilet each day and 80 times that amount for all daily activities combined.

Hurricane Katrina reminded us, however, that our privileged status can be threatened by natural disasters that lead to contaminated drinking water and make waste removal difficult, which can trigger illness. Disasters that temporarily require a population to defecate in plastic bags, buckets, open pits, agricultural fields, and public areas for want of a hygienic alternative remind us that 2.6 billion people live this way every day.

1 comment:

acardon said...

Dear John,

I have come across your website while I was doing some research on water in Haiti. I was greatly impressed by your article and its statistics. I am currently a student working for a DC based non profit called International Action.
We install water treatment systems in Haiti. These systems called chlorinators provide today more than 400,000 people with clean, safe water, it is amazing.
I thought you might want to talk about some of the actions and interventions taken to solve the problem of water and International Action I think would be a great example.

Here is the link to their website for more info:

Please let me know if you would like to write an article about International Action.

Thank you.