Drinking contaminated water has taken the lives of millions of people since the beginning of mankind. Here are some preventative measures you can use to ensure you don’t find yourself with a nasty waterborne bug.

Personal Hygiene

The most important step is keeping yourself clean by practicing good personal hygiene. This means children and adults should regularly wash their hands, especially after using the lavatory. You need to wash with soap and water to get rid of any potential disease carrying germs. Make it ritual and rule in your home that hands must be washed before every meal.

Manage your Immediate Environment

Your immediate environment should be free of all faecal matter for a start. Keep pets clean especially if they are in the house. Disinfect the surfaces of your bathroom at least once a weak with a chlorine-based disinfectant to kill harmful germs.

It’s for swimming, not drinking

When you are on holiday or having a lovely weekend with your friends you may want to dip in the pool or swim in the ocean. Swim, don’t drink. The same goes for any water when its true source is unknown. This could easily lead to serious diseases like E.coli.

What proper wastewater treatment can do for communities

These steps may seem easy to you and me but there are rural areas that do not have reliable, convenient access to water. The water is unsanitary and leads to the spread of diseases that can impair entire communities. People die from preventable diseases like cholera and typhoid. Luckily, projects to build turnkey water treatment plants and facilities in Africa are well under way.

WEC Projects has successfully implemented water treatment projects in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Angola, Botswana, South Africa, Liberia, the DRC, Tanzania and Nigeria. By giving communities access to clean water and a means of continuing to implement wastewater treatment they can drastically diminish the amount of waterborne diseases.

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