The Cost of Water

The Cost of Water

As Melinda Gates points out in the 2016 Gates Annual Letter, collecting, treating and using water is a large contributor to “time poverty”—the deprivation of opportunity because of the time spent attending to one’s basic needs.

In most places in the US, clean drinkable water flows from the kitchen sink and even down the toilet with each flush. It’s easy to take for granted how important water is to our health.

woman collecting water in a bucket

Yet Nuru farmer families in Ethiopia and Kenya must work hard to gather, purify and store drinkable water every day to wash their hands and clothes and bodies…

woman washing her hands in water

…and to live free of waterborne illnesses.

water being treated with WaterGuard

As Nuru Healthcare works to decrease preventable disease and death, water plays an important role.

women collecting water

Let’s take time today on #WorldWaterDay to appreciate the vital role of water in our lives.

And let’s continue fighting for communities in extreme poverty to have clean water access so they may become rich with time and opportunity.

woman with bucket of water on her head

About Athena Childs Fleisher

Healthcare Program Strategic Advisor — Athena comes to Nuru after more than a decade in the fields of international public health, disaster risk reduction, microfinance, and social business creation. During graduate school, she earned both an MBA and MPH from the University of Arizona.

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