The Need For Water And Sanitation

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The need for water is under estimated in the world and the diagram below depicts our water scarcity and the need for water in countries all over the world. Western civilization treats water as a commodity rather than a fundamental human need. We in Canada, our fortunate enough to be able to turn on our taps and have a surplus of water run through them. Paying for water is not necessarily a strain for us in North America but for many in the world we live in, water is unaffordable and there is limited access. The United Nation website “Right to Water” states, “Water and sanitation are essential for life, for health, for dignity, for empowerment and prosperity. They are human rights, fundamental to every person. Millions of people lack access to safe, sufficient and affordable water, sanitation and hygiene facilities that are accessible and within easy reach for all. This has a devastating effect on the health, dignity and prosperity of these people, especially for the most disadvantaged. This lack of access also has significant consequences for the realisation of other human rights. By recognising water and sanitation as human rights, people are defined as rights-holders and States as duty-bearers of water and sanitation service provision. This means that the provision of water and sanitation is not a matter of charity – but a legal obligation. Rights-holders can claim their rights and duty-bearers must guarantee the rights to water and sanitation – like other human rights
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