Water

Water is one of earth’s most precious gifts, one that those of us living in industrialized countries often take for granted. When we need water we simply turn the tap and fill a glass or a bucket. We drink it, cook with it, keep ourselves clean with it and breathe in its vapor.

There are on the other hand about 2,6 billion people in the world – more than 40% of the world’s population – who have a totally different relationship to water. They lack a simple toilet. They have to fetch and carry their water a long way before being able to use it. Those who live at cooler latitude, plan their days according to their need to melt snow and ice for water. Every drop is taken care of. These are the extremes that represent our water reality today.

Thirst quencher

In the nineteenth century Swedes used approximately 40–60 liters of water per person per year. To-day average water consumption per person is close to 200 liters per day. Of these 200 liters 10 are used for food and drink, 40 to flush the toilet, 40 for washing dishes, 30 for washing clothes, 70 for personal hygiene and 10 for other uses.
All uses affect the water in some way. The more we try and keep ourselves clean the dirtier the world’s water becomes. 
The three most important aspects of water are its:
    Quality
    Quantity 
    Purity
Signs of dehydration
Allergy
Arthritis
Brain disturbances
Cardiovascular problems
Colitis
Depression
Headache
High blood pressure
High cholesterol levels
Impotence
Indigestion
Neurological symptoms
Pain
Overweight
Respiration problems
Sinusitis
Sleep disturbance
Stress
Toxins that can be found in water

Arsenic, inorganic
Asbestos
Asphalt
Pesticides
Gas (petrol)
Harmful chemicals
Phosphates
Pharmaceuticals
Nitrates
Pathogens eg parasites and bacteria
Radioactive substances
Sediment of toxic substances
Toxic metals

The body and water

Your body is about 70% water. Brain cells are about 75–80% water. About 50% of our blood is water and every three months we produce a new flow of blood. The body renews itself constantly, and water plays an important role in this regeneration.

The water in your body is exchanged approximately every other week. This means that it is possible to renew 70–80% of your body twice a month – by using clean fresh water. We ned to learn more about the environmental risks in our water and how to ensure that the water we drink is clean.