I received a newsletter from my previous job featuring a water project I turned over just before I moved to my new job. The newsletter reminded me of my work-related trips to many communities and water sources and witnessing how hard it is for many families who have no water connected to their homes. I was just lucky to have the opportunity to help families gain access to potable water through the social enterprise and basic social service projects we implemented.
Families of this indigenous community in Tantangan, South Cotabato had to walk at least 50 meters away from their homes (and some even several hundreds of meters) to this location to do their laundry and fetch water for cooking and drinking. This leaves women and children become more vulnerable to the hardships that this challenging situation brings to their households.
In this day an age, the problem of communities with limited or no access to potable water is real. The recent El Nino in 2016 has even aggravated their situation. The search for and development of potable water project seems never-ending. The deforestation of watersheds and the pollution of bodies of water, lack of technology, inefficiency of local governments, lack of funding, and the negative effects of climate change pose challenges to these communities.
The next time you take a bath, drink water, or when you wash your cars, think about them, too.
Water is not infinite. Conserve water