Water. About 70% of the Earth’s surface. Yet, less thank 1% of that is drinkable.
A human can survive for a month or more without eating food, but only about a week without drinking water. Water is a necessity for all kinds of life on Earth. However, 3.4 million people die each year from a water related disease and 780 million people lack access to clean water. Shouldn’t access to clean drinking water be a given right to all humans? Unfortunately, that is not the case in most developing countries. In such countries, about 90% of wastewater is discharges to rivers and streams without any treatment. In addition, the average woman walks about 4 miles per day to carry back contaminated drinking water. As a result, in the past ten years, diarrhea related to unsanitary water has killed more children than all the people lost to armed conflict since WWII (WaterInfo). It has been an ongoing issue that many people around the world do not have access to clean drinking water. What if that was to change with a simple straw?
There have been similar devices that claim to filter the water when drank through the straw. However, not all people are given access to this invention. Some people are not able to afford such a thing and therefore suffer from waterborne diseases. If people in the developing country were given something as simple as a plastics straw that filters the waste and hazardous pollutants from the water people could potentially live a healthier life. There is a statistic that at any one time, it has been estimated that half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied with patients who are suffering from a disease due to poor drinking water. Think about if those resources used to treat something that is easily avoidable, it would allow more medical attention to situations that are not avoidable.