Drilling has many meanings to people, for some it might mean putting up a shelf or a picture, for others it could bring connotations of the oil industry or the geotechnical surveying industry.
For some people though, drilling can mean a way to change their life forever.
The drilling I speak of, is of course water drilling; millions of people around the world don’t have access to fresh water, this causes countless deaths across the world where people suffer with dirty water. Because of this, many charities have set up with the expressed purpose of purchasing drilling equipment, going to areas without access to fresh water and drilling new wells for those people.
Drilling For Clean Water For All
Aside from the obvious benefits of clean drinking water, having access to clean water can help prevent diarrhoea including diseases such as cholera and typhoid, which are caused by ingestion of faecal matter in the water or food supply. Diarrhoea is also a major cause of malnutrition in children. Since it can severely inhibit the intake of nutrients. Malnutrition on its own is responsible for a huge number of deaths, but on top of this, malnourished children are more susceptible to infections and have far lower odds of survival when infected.
Another area in which clean water can help is hygiene and sanitation; when people have access to a supply of fresh water, it enables people to be cleaner. Food can be prepared in clean water, eating areas can be kept cleaner and cooking equipment can be more easily cleaned. In the hygiene area however there is another side to the battle; knowledge. Here, while clean water helps to enable people to keep things cleaner, in many cases people need education in how and why to keep things clean. When combined however this can save many lives and prevent many infections including parasites such as trichuriasis and hookworms and diseases such as lymphatic filariasis, trachoma and schistosomiasis.
In essence, this means that dirty water is one of the biggest factors in the world causing death in impoverished areas and by taking drilling equipment and rigs out to these areas and helping to install water wells with fresh water, you’re giving people a better quality of living and helping them to help themselves.