On ‘World Water Day,’ CBN’s Operation Blessing is bringing awareness to the communities around the world that do not have access to clean, safe drinking water. For people facing the danger of hazardous drinking water, many still risk their health while they try to decontaminate the water themselves, and it doesn’t always filter out the harmful contents. Operation Blessing is helping to solve this problem by sending engineers around the world to set up reverse osmosis systems to make the undeniable water safe to drink.
One family in Honduras shared their experience with unclean drinking water. Though they try to decontaminate the water by boiling it and filtering it, the process is not perfect and contaminants could still be left in the water. One of their children shared that he drank some water because he was very tired, and just minutes later had terrible stomach pain. “I felt like I was being attacked in my stomach,” he said, adding that medicine didn’t help the pain go away.
The thought of drinking water being a risk to one’s survival is frightening as water is essential to the body’s survival to begin with. The threat of not having clean drinking water is not only limited to remote areas of the world, but also to areas that have been affected by a disaster such as Turkey after earthquakes destroyed their region.
Jose Esquer, Operation Blessing’s on-site water engineer, explained that installing the reverse osmosis system makes a world of difference. He explained that first, he takes some of the well water from a storage tank and measures it for contaminants such as certain metals and minerals. Then, after making it safe for cooking and drinking, he measures the water again, finding that the water is perfectly safe to consume.
Helping communities have clean drinking water saves them from a world of worry due to the potential severe health effects that could result from consuming contaminated water. As more awareness spreads of this most basic need around the world, more people can have access to safe drinking water and live healthier lives.