Help End Water Scarcity in Tanzania

The contaminated world of Tanzanians

Getting clean water in Tanzania

Alec Wong

Thousands of children die every year from contaminated water in Tanzania. The water is contaminated with different chemicals like fluoride and diseases. Diseases in the water cause the children to get sick with diarrhea. Communities in Tanzania are severely impacted by uneasy access to clean water. The large amount of fluoridated water in Tanzania can cause deformity of teeth and bones which can cause deaths of thousands. We should end water scarcity in Tanzania in order to help with the crisis.

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This is the water you don't want to be drinking.
Tanzanian Sky Water

Consequence for water scarcity

When Tanzanians go to get water and consume contaminated water, there are some consequences they face. Those who walk to go get water sometimes get kidnapped. The youth of entire communities can lose valuable days of education by uneasy access to clean water because teachers sometimes get sick and that causes the entire class to have no school that day. Fluoride is also another problem in the contaminated water. It causes bones and teeth to have serious problems. If you drink fluoristic water for a long period of time, it can cause the deformity of teeth and bones. Deformity means that a part of your body is shaped differently and can look extremely weird. Deformity can cause deaths. We need a solution to solve this crisis in Tanzania.

Where is Tanzania?

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Tanzania is the red country on this map of Africa. Tanzania is located in the the southeast area of Africa.

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Cleaning water with new technology

Organizations know about this problem in Tanzania and are trying to help. What are these organizations and how can they help? Let’s take a look. Defluoridated water is a lot more expensive than other water cleaning methods. The ‘Point of Use treatment methods’ help people to be able to use for other purposes. "Point of Use" treatment methods allow fluoridated water to continue to be used for other uses. The Wateraid organization has provided non-expensive (inexpensive) pumps to help get water easier and safer. They also provide mapping, which helps record information about location and condition to help the delivery of water. The Students Rebuild organization provides pipe networks of water, rain catchments, and latrines, which are all used to help get water. They also provide taps and pumps nearby that help entire communities. The Students Rebuild organization hopes that not a lot of people in Tanzania have to worry about the water they drink anymore. These organizations are here to help Tanzania with their water crisis by bringing in some new technologies. Millions of people need clean, safe water to drink, and I think that these organizations might solve this problem.

Tanzania: clean water, brighter futures

How you can save lives of thousands

If you think this problem is devastating, you’re right. But there is a way you can help. There are organizations that take notice in water scarcity in Tanzania. They have websites you can go on in which you are able to donate money to help support the cause. If you don’t want to donate, that’s fine. But there is still another way. You can try to create a technology yourself that will help the process of cleaning contaminated water. You can also join an organization to help out other people yourself. Writing a research document on the document is a great idea. You can spread the news worldwide to make people notice that water scarcity in Tanzania is a very devastating problem. You should help the Tanzanians with this water crisis because thousands of children die every year. You can make a difference to help these poor communities in Tanzania help save the lives of thousands.

How this problem relates to poverty

Poverty is a serious problem in Tanzania as well as the scarcity of water in Tanzania. Poverty is a result of man-made causes, such as climate change and political instability. The greatest known cause of poverty in Tanzania is the lack of safe, clean water to use for everyday life. At least a billion people on the planet do not have safe, clean water to survive. That's about one eighth of the worlds population today. Poverty causes the problems of no food, no time for school, and no time to work. The cycle of poverty is extremely slim of getting out of (breaking) because of the lack of lean water. Education is critical for being able to break that cycle of poverty but because of the lack of water, students are affected on their academic performance. During class, students have to deal with stomach pains and diarrhea. They also sometimes have to miss class to get a drink of water.

How this problem affects daily life for Tanzanians

Tanzanians take 1/8 of their day (3 hours) gathering water which wastes a lot of time for doing other basic needs. The Sub-Saharan (?) people?) alone wastes 40 billion hours every year only to collect water. That's a lot of time being wasted in a year. It's a huge waste of time. Not only for gathering water, but for other basic needs. That giant amount of time is wasted just for basic needs! Education is also another problem in daily life that is affected by the lack of clean water. If teachers get sick, all the students have to stay home. They also miss time to get water for the family. It also affects crop production. Without water, you can't really grow crops.

How food relates to this crisis

Water is also a problem that causes food shortages. Clean water can really affect how many crops are grown. Communities need food and water for nutrition. Technologies are being used that are only specialized in crop production. In order for those technologies to work, they need water to use to grow the crops. People help out Tanzanians with weirs (?) too, which keeps seasonal water for other uses. In this case, it can be used to grow crops. The World Bank has tried to help by expanding the areas of irrigation in order to increase the amount of crops being produced. Rain catchments and sand dams help gather water and provide simple irrigation.


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