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Having to fetch water from a distance has negative outcomes for health

September 23, 2019

A recent study by two UK scholars notes that fetching water from distant places can result in adverse health outcomes. It claims that the ideal time for fetching water should not be beyond 30 minutes. The research, due to be published in the upcoming issue of International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, surveyed 2.7 million people across 41 countries to find that in 2017, 206 million spent more than this ideal time to fetch water, and 435 million relied on unimproved water sources. It notes that women and children from low-income countries are most affected by the lack of access to water.Read More...