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Clean water - a valuable asset

We in Germany are often not even aware of how valuable water is. Safe drinking water is so naturally available with us that we don't even think about it. However, access to clean water is a fundamental human right that is denied to many people in other regions of the world.

Every day, billions of people face the challenge of getting safe water for themselves and their families. You spend countless hours in queues and travel long distances to get to a safe source of water. Or they have to cope with the health consequences of using contaminated water - a high risk.

Clean water in humanitarian crises

The water supply is particularly critical in humanitarian crises: the local water and sewage systems often collapse or are severely overloaded by the arrival of refugees. At the same time, people are often traumatized, hungry, dehydrated and exhausted in such situations. This makes them particularly prone to diseases like diarrhea and cholera. In humanitarian crises, for example, there is a high risk of the rapid spread of diseases that are transmitted via contaminated water. This can be life-threatening, especially for the weakest.

Diseases resulting from unsafe water and poor sanitation kill more people each year than all the wars and violent conflicts in the world combined. The lack of access to clean water is therefore one of the most pressing problems worldwide.

Clean water is one of our central issues

Water is therefore a central part of Oxfam's work. Both in our humanitarian aid and in our campaign work and in long-term initiatives to support people who live in poverty.

With our work in the water sector, wherever we work, we ensure that everyone has fair access to clean water in sufficient quantities. In this way, we help prevent the spread of diseases and protect both the lives and livelihoods of the people we support.

Water expertise

Our water engineers and health specialists are valued internationally. They are known for their speed and efficiency in providing large-scale water supply systems and basic plumbing. Even under the most difficult conditions. In our technical language, these areas are summarized with the abbreviation "WASH", which stands for drinking water, sanitation and hygiene.

Our innovations have set the industry standard for many approaches and technologies that are now widely used. These include, for example, easy-to-install water storage tanks, water buckets, water treatment systems and easy-to-transport floor panels for latrines.

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Clean water in Yemen

In Yemen, where almost 80 percent of the population depends on humanitarian aid and where cholera outbreaks occur again and again, we are using two new technologies to obtain clean water: In the Lahij region, the groundwater is too salty. We have therefore installed a desalination system here that makes the groundwater potable. This system is operated by wind and solar energy.

We also want to make rainwater more usable in Yemen: In the Ibb region, we are therefore building catch basins and planning the treatment of rainwater in order to provide inexpensive water for private use in the long term.

Clean water reduces poverty

Our goal is a just world without poverty. Access to clean water is closely linked to poverty: water scarcity, poor water quality and inadequate sanitation have negative effects on food security, livelihoods and educational opportunities for poor families around the world.

For Oxfam, tackling the root causes of poverty often means addressing water-related injustices. We promote long-term projects with sustainable solutions for the provision of safe water and sanitation. We also help communities address water insecurity through more equitable and efficient management and distribution of water resources.

Clean water and a clean environment cannot be a luxury. That's why we want to make safe water and sanitation available to everyone, regardless of who they are and where they live.

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