Haiti’s Water Crisis
The water crisis in Haiti is an ongoing global issue, affecting approximately 42 percent of the country’s population. Haitians use the same water for bathing, drinking and cooking. This causes widespread contamination because Haiti also lacks proper filtration systems. Not only is the population exposed to many waterborne illnesses, they lack the proper medical attention if and when it’s needed. There have been over 665,000 reported cases of cholera alone, among other water borne illness; additionally, over 8,000 Haitians have died from cholera since 2010.
The earthquake in 2010 caused a negative impact on Haiti’s water supply. The few wells and water systems that did exist sustained devastating damage, causing the people to have fewer water sources to rely on.
One water filter can provide a lifetime of clean water for a family of 15, and each filter can generate around 15 gallons of clean water each day.