By Max L. Knowles
BeeOasis Step 1
Rajan is from northwestern Myanmar. He is 12 years old and lives in a small village called Pan Saung. It is a quiet place far away from big cities. Life may be simple in this far off village, but it is not always easy. Every day Rajan must go and get water for his family. He and his brothers carry heavy pots of water. And Rajan’s face shows stress under the weight of the water. In Rajan’s village, people cannot take water for granted. They have to work for it.
Rajan’s situation and experience are very real. Many people around the world do not have enough water. And many places around the world do not have clean drinking water. These places do not have modern systems to clean their water. It is a very serious problem. The World Health Organization (WHO) says this. One in five people live where clean water is in short supply.
Without good water, people must drink bad water. But drinking bad water makes them sick. Fifty percent of all human sickness comes from bad water. In the world today, over one billion people are sick or thirsty. Why is this? They don’t have clean water. These are serious problems, so the United Nations set goals for the year 2015. It wants to decrease the number of people with bad drinking water by fifty percent, and it wants to give them basic sanitation.
Scientists are studying water problems, and they are creating new water systems. One of these scientists is Dean Kamen. He created the two-wheeled transportation machine called the Segway. He also made the Slingshot. The Slingshot is a machine that cleans water. It is small. It doesn’t use much power. And people in far away places can use it easily.
Most importantly, this machine makes safe drinking water from any water source. Every day, it can make enough water for a village of one hundred people. This machine shows us that we can solve our water problems. The future of our world is in a cup of water. But we need to make new water systems. If we don’t, our cup of water may be empty, dirty, and dry.