Water consumption is doubling every twenty years, but the supply of fresh water isn’t growing at the same rate. In fact, our supply of fresh water is diminishing rapidly. Many of the world’s health problems, and their relationships with water, are already apparent. “About half of the world’s hospital beds in the world are occupied by people with water borne diseases.” Over three billion people, roughly half of the world’s population, do not have easy access to clean water, and even more people have little or no access to a toilet. Because of this, thousands of children die every day from water-related complications. If you’ve ever looked at a globe, or a map of our beautiful planet, you’d notice that there is a lot of that blue stuff. In fact, our planet is 2/3 water. There is approximately 326,000,000,000,000,000,000 gallons (326 million trillion gallons) of the stuff (roughly 1,260,000,000,000,000,000,000 litres).
This water is in a constant cycle. It evaporates from the ocean, travels through the air, rains down on the land, and flows back to the ocean. The oceans are huge. About 70% of the planet is covered in ocean, and the average depth of the ocean is several thousand feet (about 1000 meters). 98% of the water on the planet is in the oceans, and therefore is unusable for drinking, because of the salt and other pollutants that are not safe for consuming. About 2% of the planet’s water is fresh water, but 1.6% of that is locked up in the polar ice caps and glaciers. Another 0.36 percent is found underground, in aquifers and wells. Only about 0.036 percent of the planet’s total fresh water supply is found in lakes and rivers. That’s still billions of gallons, but it is a very small amount compared to all of the water available.
KX Industries is the largest manufacturer and world-wide seller of filters for water purification. KXI created and supplied the initial “end of tap” filters for both P&G/PUR and Clorox/Brita, which is currently a $190 million a year market. In 1996, KXI invented and supplied the first refrigerator water filters, which is currently a $200 million a year market. Lately, their microbiological water filters incorporate anti-bacterial and anti-viral agents into its systems. The technology is the basis for a full range of water filter products, that effectively produce sterile, chemically-purified water, from virtually any source. Another company, Argonide, has made filters with alumina fibers. “The nano alumina particles act like a dirt magnet,” said President Fred Tepper. These filters also get rid of viruses. A filter so powerful that it can suck out arsenic, a big problem in Bangladesh, arrived from Argonide in 2007. We could be using technology such as this to filter the water from the lakes, rivers, and oceans, to provide clean and healthy water to everyone in the world.
The UE will start this process. We will start filtering our water. We will also develop these products to be manufactured, supplied, and suitable to both the developed world, and the developing countries. This will significantly reduce water-borne diseases, which claim approximately 2.2 million deaths in the world, annually. By filtering and cleaning water from the world’s oceans, the United Earth can provide everyone in the world with clean and delicious water.
Furthermore, we need to create A Global Water Services System which provides whatever is needed for the general well-being of anyone’s health and sanitation, concerned with all aspects of the provision of water and waste management services, aimed at building and preserving good health, especially through education, prevention, general upkeep, and subsidization of the costs for water and waste management services, for all without distinction.