Water is one of the world’s most precious natural resources. It’s key to healthy ecosystems and energy and food production. For many of us, it’s easy to take water for granted. Most of us are never more than a few feet away from the nearest tap.
But access to decent water isn’t universal. According to the United Nations (UN) 785 million people remain without even basic drinking water. This is true of people living in some of the countries that we source our tea and coffee from.
Gathering water can often mean undertaking several walks a day to the nearest source, which can take at least half an hour for each trip — a task which tends to fall to women and children. And even once water is found it won’t be consistently clean and drinking it can lead to health problems.