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Af Oscar Alemán
Denmark is one of the few countries in the world, which has a sustainable water production; from cleaning to sanitation treatment, the process is cheap and effective. But there is room for improvement.
The UN recommend, that all people have the right to 80 liters of water per day. In Denmark they use 114 liters per day. 34 liters of water in a country of 5,627,000 inhabitants become 191,318 m3 of wasted water every day. In a year, that becomes 69,831,070 m3 of water, which could have been used in countries with water problems. El Salvador for instance.
In rural areas in El Salvador, we don’t have more than 60 liters of water per day per person. The shortage of water is due to the lack of legislation, which guaranties access to water supplies as a human right and not as a commodity, which can be utilised by multinational companies.
ActionAid Denmark’s youth network is campaigning for the right to water all over the world. In Activista El Salvador we run a campaign by the name “Water for All”. The main purpose of the campaign is to convince the country to approve a law of water resources. The law is called ”Ley General de Aguas” and it will ensure that the population can fulfill their basic needs.
In Denmark, they should do a campaign to convince the population to consume water in a more responsible way. It’s important to remember, that sustainability also means saving and conserving water.
Denmark and El Salvador are facing a challenge: In El Salvador they have to ensure water to the population and the ecosystems, and in Denmark, they have to focus on sustainability and the options to save water, where it is possible. We (Acitivista and ActionAid Denmark) need to define our strategies to ensure this.