57m Nigerians lack access to safe water, says report




About 57 million Nigerians have no access to safe water, over 130 million others have no access to adequate sanitation, representing two third of the population.

Also, around 45, 000 children under five years die yearly from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation.

These are contained in a latest report by WASHwatch, the collaborative monitoring platform set up by WaterAid, an international development organisation. The report was in commemoration ‘World Earth Day’ which is observed globally on April 22.

In keeping with this year’s theme ‘Environmental and Climate literacy,’ GROHE, a German brand in sanitary fittings, provided key tips for saving water, especially in Africa.

For GROHE, sustainability is a corporate value with a tradition and a future. GROHE has developed a wide portfolio of advanced product technologies and also launched a series of awareness campaigns and programs to change mindsets and habits.

For instance, since 2009, GROHE has launched the Green Mosque Initiative in many countries, whereby the company partners with local entities to install water-efficient products in the ablution rooms of mosques to help the respective regions achieve sustainable reduction in water consumption.

According to GROHE, muslim worshippers’ ritual ablutions consume between 10 and 15 litres of water per day. The initiative has reduced water consumption for the cleansing rituals by roughly 30 per cent, which is good for the environment and helps cut costs.

“Water saving taps and showers and water saving flush systems are two of the main ways that everyday citizens can contribute to protecting the environment, and sustainability is one of the core values and a top priority in the creation of every GROHE product for bathrooms and from the design to development stages.” says Mohammed Ataya, Vice President, GROHE Egypt, North and West Africa.

Ataya added that “Quality materials, first-class design and advanced engineering all play an important role in saving water. For example, GROHE EcoJoy™ hand showers feature either an integrated flow limiter, or an Eco button or spray dimmer, which lets you choose when to reduce the water flow.”

According to Ataya, GROHE agrees strongly with the Earth Day ethos that everyone needs to be empowered with the knowledge and the products to inspire action and protect the environment.

He said the individual choice to reduce water consumption is only one of the many strategies needed to address the issue of water scarcity, but it gives each person a role to play in protecting the planet.
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