In recent times power supply has been epileptic in my area and this has directly affected the flow of water into my apartment. This is because if we don't have light for 6hours,the pressure to pump water into my apartment drops and after 48hours,we either connect the pumping machine to a power generating set or resort to buying or fetching water from other compounds.
This sudden short in water supply makes me go outside my flat to fetch water which for me is like punishment because I hate fetching water. I then start measuring the way I use water for all my basic domestic needs like washing,cooking,cleaning and even flushing the toilet.
With this recent shortage,my mind flashback to my days in secondary school as a boarding student. I had to adapt to water shortage by getting use to taking my bath with a paint of bucket which is about 4litres. During the hot weather,I remember how some students gets different kinds of rashes like heat rash and filiariasis. Some are forced to even drink water not potable for drinking resulting in all kinds of water borne diseases like cholera,dysentary etc. Water is fundamental for everyday living and the facts that the body system is composed of liquid all makes it necessary to continue the body biological and chemical processes.
My visit to some communities where water are either short/scarce in supply or the available ones contaminated,brings to mind the different kind of disease condition that residents of such communities would be battling with. In many rural communities in Africa and other developing countries,people still walk for hours in search of water for daily domestic use.
Large parts of the earth is made of water but many around the world still lack access to this wonderful constituent of creation.
Water and energy are closely interlinked and interdependent. Energy generation and transmission requires utilization of water resources, particularly for hydroelectric, nuclear, and thermal energy sources. Conversely, about 8% of the global energy generation is used for pumping, treating and transporting water to various consumers.
In 2014, the United Nation UN System – working closely with its Member States and other relevant stakeholders – is collectively bringing its attention to the water-energy nexus, particularly addressing inequities, especially for the 'bottom billion' who live in slums and impoverished rural areas and survive without access to safe drinking water, adequate sanitation, sufficient food and energy services. It also aims to facilitate the development of policies and crosscutting frameworks that bridge ministries and sectors, leading the way to energy security and sustainable water use in a green economy. Particular attention will be paid to identifying best practices that can make a water- and energy-efficient 'Green Industry' a reality.
With this year's world water day theme: water and energy, it shows that availability of water is directly proportional to the amount of available power that can be supplied.
Happy Water Day!!!