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SDG 6:

 Clean water & sanitation

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How is it related?
  • Plastic pollution contaminates water bodies, becoming toxic for those who use the water for daily activities 

    • E.g. despite being dangerous to health, 28 million people rely on the Citarum River, Indonesia—one of the world's most polluted river—for daily activities such as bathing, cleaning and irrigating

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14-year-old with scabies, a common consequence of living near the severely polluted river

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  • The quality of water can be improved by:

    • Promoting good hygiene practices/habits through education

    • Implementing rainwater harvesting systems to collect/store rainwater for drinking or recharging underground aquifers

    • Providing home water-treatment capability through the use of filters, disinfection, etc.

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  • Any trash that is dropped can eventually reach a drainageway

  • Bad sanitation and clean water is often in poor countries and at countries with bad health-care

  • Less trash means that people can have access to cleaner water, and will be able to manage sanitation effectively

  • Dirty water can lead to illnesses and diseases, which can lead to an outbreak in smaller communities which don’t have access to clean water

  • The trash we litter spreads harmful viruses, diseases and bacteria into the environment which has the ability to cause multiple health problems

  • Contaminated water and poor sanitation are linked to the transmission of diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea, dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid and polio

  • Poor water sanitation can lead to children dying early on, and in some cases, unable to reach the age of 5

  • Illness can give the individual person economic debts because there's a lack of free healthcare in small communities and poor countries. 

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