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Global Water Crisis Hits Close to Home

Water is the most essential element to human survival. We use it for everything from drinking to washing our face. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to this precious substance. There is a global water crisis. And it's not just affecting small countries.

According to World Vision, “771 million people lack access to clean water. That’s 1 in 10 people on the planet.” This can severely affect daily routines. It can also pose dangers to your health. One such danger is lead poisoning

Millions of people are affected by lead poisoning due to poor water quality. Lead affects both children and adults. It affects the brain, liver, kidney and bones. It can also cause long-term harm in adults, including increased risk of high blood pressure, cardiovascular problems and kidney damage. “Exposure of pregnant women to high levels of lead can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth and low birth weight.”(WHO)

Many efforts to remove lead from our water supply have been noted. However, not all efforts have been successful.

According to a report published by PennEnvironment Research and Policy center, many schools in Philadelphia found that their water contains traces of lead.

“School is for learning and playing -- not getting a daily dose of lead-tainted water. Lead damages kids’ ability to learn, grow and behave.” said Stephanie Wein, a clean water advocate for the PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center.

Due to such inspections and accusations, many schools have been introducing water filtration systems in efforts to get the lead out.

Unfortunately, these efforts haven’t been very effective. The PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center issued a report stating Pennsylvania received an "F" grade for its efforts to remove lead.

In this report, the center suggested many ways for the schools to improve their water. For example, replacing drinking fountains with filtered water stations, setting a statewide, health-based standard for lead in school drinking water and notifying the public about how school districts are addressing the problem.

By solving this issue, we could be one step closer to solving the global water crisis.

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