On the occasion of the celebration of the International Water Week, in Singapore, the World Health Organization (WHO) has presented the fourth edition of the guides that elaborates on the quality of drinking water, in which urges the rulers to intensify control over the quality of this water, carrying out safety projects that contribute to improving public health.

Two million human beings die annually as a result of diseases transmitted through water, and millions are also affected by this type of disease, almost all children of young age. In this regard, WHO recalls that most of these diseases can be prevented by taking the necessary measures.

Two million human beings die annually as a result of waterborne diseases

These guides are a worldwide reference for establishing national laws that require water suppliers to systematically analyze water to detect the possible presence of contaminants and carry out plans to correct the problems that are observed.

This is the first time, in addition, that they contribute global tips They include the best way to collect and store rainwater in houses, and recommendations on how to supply large amounts of water and its consequences on climate change.

The risks of water

Other tips included in the guidelines refer to the safety of water consumption and the microbial risks that exist, as well as including a list of emerging contaminants in drinking water. It also refers to the climate change, and its impact on rain patterns and water temperature, and the consequences it has on water quality or water scarcity, noting that it is very important to take into account this climatic factor to ensure the supply of drinking water to the population .

Maria Neira, Director of Public Health and the Environment of the WHO, considers that the most effective and least expensive Primary prevention which, in his opinion, facilitates the management of new problems that threaten water security, such as climate change, the progressive increase in the number of inhabitants of the planet, and the growing urbanization that this entails.

According to Robert Bos, WHO coordinator on Water, Health, Hygiene and Health, if we look at the latest outbreaks that have occurred of diseases associated with waterborne infections, we can see that, in most In some cases, their appearance could have been prevented by applying the appropriate measures to improve water safety.


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