Drying-out of rivers, floods, diseases caused by water that is not pure enough when reaching our home… these are some of today’s prevalent global water problems.
Fresh water reserves are low – even lower in tropical countries – therefore they are extremely valuable. In developing countries women and children carry water to their houses on a daily basis. Their buckets contain approximately 20 lt. of water, which is the quantity they have to lift every time they bring water. By lifting this weight, visitors might realize what it means to be able to consume 350 lt. of water, without having to struggle for it, just by turning on the tap at home.
Another shocking fact on water concerns the million of people who die every year because of non processed water, of diseases transmitted by insects breeding in water (such as malaria and yellow fever), and diseases that are favoured by the lack of hygiene in the use of water (such as trachoma, typhus and cholera).
Next to those problems, there are some positive examples, such as collection wells in South Zimbabwe that are designed for water pumping from underground aquifers, and that are equipped with irrigation systems of mild technology.
In Athens there are two waste processing plants operating in Akrokeramos and Psyttaleia. Pure water is transferred back to the sea at a depth of 65m. The industry may contribute by rationally using water.
In every day life, we can all save water. Visitors are invited to walk in and out of their house and find out what they can do for one of the most valuable natural resources of earth.