Every Year More Than 3.4 Million People Die As a Result of Water-Related Diseases
According to many international environmental and health experts, clean water availability will be the most critical health issue for the next ten years and beyond. Potable water supply is a key factor in maintaining health for both adults and children. Access to clean water is vital to keep people healthy and productive. Its absence can cause sickness and in extreme cases death. The World Health Organization states that every year more than 3.4 million people die as a result of water related diseases.
No Access To Clean Water
Although most Dominicans and Haitians may have access to water systems such as wells or aqueducts, this does not guaranty that these systems are providing a consistent clean water supply or service. Piped water isn’t available and Potable water isn’t brought directly into to their homes. In order to have water to cook, clean or drink on the days without service, community members have to store it.
Dominican family of four can spend between $200 - $400 per year on bottled water
It is during this storage that the water often becomes contaminated and not safe for drinking. Most of the island’s inhabitants have to buy bottled water at US $1.10 ( $62.93 Haitian Gourde) for a 5 gallon container. This can be very expensive and in some cases impossible for many people in a country where the minimum wage is only about US $170 per month. A Dominican family of four can spend between $200 – $400 per year on bottled water.