World Water Crisis

World Water Crisis  book Blue Planet Run safe drinking water to the one billion people who lack it
George Steinmetz / Blue Planet Run

Digging Deep
More than two billion people worldwide rely on wells for their water. As water tables continue to drop, many of them, like these Kenyan villagers on Pate Island, devote countless hours to collecting and hauling the valuable resource. The pits in this photo, taken less than 300 feet from the ocean's edge, yield a brackish, but drinkable water.

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