Increasingly, the world is seeing more water-related disasters, and war-torn regions like Ukraine face a severe water crisis. In conflict-affected areas, access to clean water quickly becomes a matter of life and death, as contaminated water can cause a host of potentially deadly waterborne illnesses. While access to clean water is critical in any community, it is of particular importance in the context of human-protracted conflicts.
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ââWaterborne illnesses are a significant public health concern. Contaminated water can be a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses that can cause severe illness and death. In Ukraine, the conflict has damaged water and sanitation infrastructure, leaving millions of people without access to safe drinking water.
âIn these situations, portable filtration systems can save lives when they reach communities in time. With the focus of this yearâs World Water Day being accelerating change to solve the water and sanitation crisis, one modest addition to humanitarian efforts would be to deliver life-saving filtration systems to war-stricken communities in Ukraine. These portable filters are inexpensive to use, easy to deploy, and highly mobile. They have a proven record of helping to mitigate the spread of waterborne illnesses, temporarily stopgap in the absence of critical infrastructure and save lives.
ââWateroam's water filtration system, the ROAMfilter Plus has been deployed in conflict-affected regions around the world, including Ukraine. Their portable water filters can be rapidly deployed to provide clean water on demand, even in remote or inaccessible areas. Wateroam has partnered with organizations like the Singapore Red Cross, Polish NGO Fundacja Pok alongside with grassroot communities to provide access to clean water in Ukraine's Donietsk, Donetsk, and Kherson regions, which have been severely affected by the conflict.
The provision of clean water is critical in conflict-affected areas. It is a basic human right, and access to it should not be a luxury. With the help of organizations like Wateroam and its partners, humanitarian efforts can save countless lives.
To ensure that war-stricken communities in Ukraine have access to clean water, it is critical that governmental and non-governmental organizations provide funding and resources to aid organizations to ensure that water filtration kits are a standard part of humanitarian response efforts. In addition, education and awareness campaigns should be implemented to teach communities about the importance of clean water and how to properly use water filters.
âPortable systems like the ROAMfilter Plus play an essential role in conflict-affected areas, but only if people have access to them. To ensure water sustainability in communities, further investments in water infrastructure and distribution networks is critical to ensuring access to clean water in the long term. Governments and aid organizations must work together to provide funding and technical support to improve water accessibility to people everywhere.
Blog Author: Chong Tee, Co-founder Wateroam
Chief Editor: Chong Tee, Co-founder Wateroam