5 Countries to Think About When You Drink a Glass of Water


Through partnership with the charity organisation B1G1, Rob O’Byrne and his consulting company, Logistics Bureau, have provided close to 1.5 million days of access to fresh water for people in countries where that simple commodity is a life-saving luxury. In conducting the normal, day-to-day business of supply chain and logistics consulting, Rob’s team and his customers save lives by donating a small amount of Logistics Bureau’s revenue to those who can’t just take a glass of water when they feel a little thirsty.   Why We Shouldn’t Take a Glass of Water for Granted It’s easy to forget that there are places in the world where fundamentals like clean water are missing from people’s lives, but sharing a few facts about five of those places might just give you something to think about the next time you fill your glass with water from your kitchen tap.   1. Bangladesh In Bangladesh, some 100,000 children die every year from diseases related to contaminated water. High concentrations of arsenic exist in the country’s groundwater, on which Bangladeshis rely. This contamination has led to the official closure of many wells, although a general lack of water forces people to continue using them. Where wells are not available, community members are forced to draw their water from ponds or ditches, hence the high death toll resulting from diarrheal disease.   2. Afghanistan Access to fresh water in Afghanistan is shrinking by the day, thanks to the many years of war that have torn the country to shreds. The percentage of people who are able to drink clean water in Afghanistan is the lowest in the world. Even in the nation’s capital, Kabul, 80% of the population has no way to obtain safe, potable water to drink.   3. Ethiopia Just 42% of the Ethiopian population has access to an improved water supply and...