Every community deserves clean water!

Aug 25, 2020, 2:43 PM

Water is an important necessity in life. And while substantial progress has been made in increasing access to clean drinking water and sanitation in the country, thousands of rural dwellers mostly in rural areas still lack these basic services.

In our Mondays edition, we reported about water shortage that hits Wellingara village in Sami District. It is high time, government and development partners’ harmonies’ swift strategies to address the water crisis in this rural settlement.

But then again, water crisis reminds us all that climate change is real and not a joke. We are all living witness to the climate variances sweeping across the globe.

Unusual temperatures caused by climate change have made rainfall unpredictable with significant changes in rainfall patterns making droughts and floods more common in many parts of the country.

Globally, is estimated that over 880 million people–about one in every nine people in the world- do not have access to clean water within 6 km of their homes.

However, this should not be taken granted as every household needs water to survive.

Just imagine, a village of more than 300 people having to depend only one well. And this excludes animals that also depend on the same well to survive. This is indeed alarming.

And what is even more worrying is the fact that children sometimes after drinking the water, complaint of stomach ache, which may be a sign of water contamination.

Water is a foundation of life and livelihoods, and is key to sustainable development. Successful water management will serve as a foundation for the achievement of many of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as for SDG 6 - which is to ‘Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

However, this lofty ambitious Sustainable Development Goals will still be an elusive dream in the country if communities continue to lack and grapple with access to clean and portable water.

This also reminds us the need to bring in technology to help harness water more efficiently and build long-term water conservation plans

Read Other Articles In Editorial
What Is Brexit? And What Happens Next?
Jan 7, 2021, 11:38 AM

Britain broke from the European Union’s regulatory orbit on Jan. 1, casting off nearly half a century inside the bloc.

Social, environmental factors seen behind Africa’s low COVID-19 cases!
Sep 29, 2020, 11:49 AM

COVID-19 transmission in Africa has been marked by relatively fewer infections, which have been on the decline over the past two months, owing to a variety of socio-ecological factors as well as early and strong public health measures taken by governments across the region.

On Gambia Prisons reforms!
Mar 25, 2021, 10:21 AM

Overcrowding of Gambians prisons is a long-standing problem that was addressed in the past. The country’s Prisons system has suffered from years of neglect and under-development under Jammeh’s rule.

Welcome home Gamcoy-23!
Mar 18, 2021, 1:46 PM

A German philosopher and noble peace winner, Albert Einstein once said that peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be achieved by understanding. This clearly underscores the importance of ‘our collective efforts and strides’ in advancing world peace.