Poor Water Quality in the Congo
by the Clean Water Association
What's Going On?
Only 47 percent of people in sub-Saharan Africa have access to clean and safe drinking water. However, the cause of pollution is not commercial industry. It is, in fact, natural water-borne diseases and parasites that seep into the people's water source. This problem is arguably the worst in the Congo, where three-fourths of the people do not have access to clean and safe drinking water, and 90 percent of the people get water from groundwater and springs. On top of that, the Congo has over half of all of the water in Africa.
How Does This Affect the People?
In some villages, people can contract a small illness and have diarrhea many times a month. This requires them to stay home, which means that they cannot work, or in the case of kids, cannot go to school. Repeated absences from the workplace can decrease productivity, and absences from school mean that kids don't learn certain things.
These Congolese people get their water from this spring.
These kids have schistosomiasis, a disease caused by a parasite that enters the body through the skin. The enlarged areas of the kids' bodies are the parasites.
As mentioned before, about 90 percent of the people in the Congo get drinking water from groundwater and springs. Polluted fluids on the surface can easily contaminate a spring. Therefore, to help reduce the amount of illness, a springbox can be built on top of the spring. A springbox houses the spring and prevents contaminants from reaching the water.
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