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Would You Drink This Water?

A photograph of the author, Austin Bailey.

By Austin Bailey

August 10, 2018

Would You Drink This Water?
Akua Jielta with four of her children holds a bucket of dirty water.

Is this water human beings should be drinking?

Akua Jielta, mother of 5

Lack of access to clean water affects millions worldwide. Learn the essential facts and figures about this health risk.

Families in Sidontenge, a remote community in Ghana's Northern Region, have more money for food thanks to a goat project that Akua Jielta helped start three years ago. But the goats and training haven't been enough to solve their most pressing needs. Without a well or borehole, residents must rely on streams that wither to a trickle in the dry season and yield water of dubious quality.