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The Devastating Effects of Contaminated Water in Africa

water and wastewater treatment in Africa
With poor quality water sources, often located great distances away from where they reside, many people suffer from illness and often death that could be prevented with a quality water source. A number of waterborne diseases have plagued entire communities and caused high death tolls that could be prevented with a healthy source of clean water. The dangers of contaminated drinking water can be prevented with innovative water solutions. WEC Projects is dedicated to providing quality water and wastewater treatment for safer water resources in the future.

The reality of available safe drinking water in Africa

Water related diseases cause upwards of 3.4 million deaths every year, many of which could be prevented with proper water and sanitation services. The World Health Organisation (WHO) wrote about the lack of safe drinking water at home in July of 2017. Their research found that 2.1 billion people still lack safe drinking water at home and as many as 4.5 billion people do not have access to safe, clean sanitation. People in rural areas still commonly suffer from:
  • Traveller’s Diarrhoea
  • Giardia and Cryptosporidium
  • Salmonella
  • E. coli
  • Dysentery
  • Typhoid Fever
  • Cholera
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis E
  • Campylobacter
  • Botulism
  • Parasitic infections
Diarrhoea may seem insignificant and a bug children living in the first world can be easily treated for. However, the World Health Organisation found that 361 000 children under the age of five die from diarrhoea caused by contaminated water every year. Without proper water and sanitation services many are needlessly dying. Luckily, there are solutions in water and wastewater treatment that can be implemented to prevent a future where these deaths are so prevalent.

Safe drinking water

Water treatment companies are creating means for communities to have access to water and wastewater treatment. This is a huge leap in the right direction in order to minimise the outbreaks of waterborne diseases and the fatalities they cause. According to the World Health Organisation wastewater for irrigation already represents 7% of irrigated land in developing countries. It is also hoped that the successful and safe management of wastewater will increase food production. Successful water and wastewater treatment is a strong candidate for water alternatives where it is scarce or contaminated. Water treatment companies in Johannesburg like WEC Projects are leading the march in successful wastewater management. The systems are perfect for rural areas and can accommodate large and small-scale plants dependant on the space available in communities. For your safe water and wastewater treatment contact us to provide you with our innovative water solutions.