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Invaluable: Waters Clean Enough to Drink

The Tiu Kelep waterfall in Indonesia feeds rivers and streams below, providing clean water from the foot of Mount Rinjani, an active volcano on the island of Lombok. April 2015 (Photo by Lando Mikael) Creative Commons license via Flickr

Clean drinkable water is rare and precious. Of the waters that cover 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, roughly 97 percent is the saltwater of the oceans; just three percent is freshwater. Of that, only 1.2 percent can be used as drinking water; the rest is locked up in glaciers, ice caps, and permafrost, or stored too far beneath the surface to be retrieved. Much of the accessible freshwater has become polluted.

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Water Advocates Initiate Decade of Action

CleanWaterBenin

“Quite simply, water is a matter of life and death. Our bodies, our cities, our industries and our agriculture all depend on it, said UN Secretary-General António Guterres Thursday on World Water Day.

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Our Drying Planet

Our Drying Planet

“The water crisis is sneaking up on humanity unawares. People turn on the tap and assume clean, safe water will always flow. But the reality is that supplies are already critical for 4.2 billion people – over half the world’s population…”

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