Water and Work

Whether you are a fisherman, a farmer, or a factory worker, your livelihood depends on water.

If you make your living fishing, your harvest could be greatly diminished by water pollution. As a farmer, your crop yield might suffer from water scarcity. As a factory worker without access to good sanitation, you may contract diseases due poor water quality.

Each year, the United Nations observes World Water Day on the 22nd of March. This year’s World Water Day theme, “Water and Jobs,” explores how many jobs depend on having enough safe water. 2016’s World Water Day goal is, “Better Water, Better Jobs.”World Water Day Logo - 2016

Water quality and quantity directly affects workers in all fields. Unsanitary conditions and unsafe water lead to illness and absenteeism.

Water and work intersect in the management of water resources for agricultural and industrial use.

Some water management jobs are so crucial that they must be performed without fail—even without pay. Continue reading

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Innovations in Sanitation: New Waves in Water Management

Kancheepuram Canal, Tamil Nadu (Photo credit: McKay Savage, Wikimedia Commons)

Kancheepuram Canal, Tamil Nadu (Photo credit: McKay Savage, Wikimedia Commons)

Overflowing Problems

Disease-causing bacteria and other pathogens lurk in much of India’s water supply. This is largely caused by the improper disposal of waste, including agricultural runoff.


Although access to drinking water has improved, the World Bank estimates that 21% of communicable diseases in India are related to unsafe water. In India, diarrhea alone causes more than 1,600 deaths daily—the same as if eight 200-person jumbo-jets crashed to the ground each day.

– water.org: “The Water & Sanitation Crisis in India


India’s water crisis is caused by a combination of factors, including poor government planning, government corruption, and mismanagement of human and industrial waste.

India is certainly not alone in facing a water crisis. However, as the second most-populous nation on Earth, the magnitude of India’s water crisis eclipses that of most other countries. Continue reading

Catching up with Mother Nature

Human survival is at risk due to a lot of factors, the most affluent factors being – decreased volumes of clean water, pollution and imbalance in the eco-system. There are a few countries which have realized the need to start renovating their surrounding and bring back the green days, as they fear continuous man-made destruction might only bring into existence, “The Earth Simulator” – An unreal world. Continue reading

Water & Sanitation Societies of LEAF Society

LEAF Society realizes that hygiene services, such as access to water and flushing toilets, needs to be a top priority for rural families in India. None of the banks would invest in toilets, nor would they finance individuals to purchase them because there was no fixed investment on return according to them. Money is being spent instead on festivals or mobile devices and TVs. Continue reading