A person can last three weeks without food, but cannot go three days without water. Around 50-65 per cent of the human body is made up of water. The Earth, likewise, has more water than it does land, but only around two per cent of water in the planet is fresh and can be consumed.

It is clear that water plays a big part both in our ecosystem and in our bodies. Water is life; though there are also threats posed by polluted drinking water. There are several microorganisms that can be found in water, which may cause various diseases and infections. One way to avoid this is by being mindful of the liquids that enter your body.

The contractors of Purity Water Pty Ltd aim to help raise awareness by listing down three of most common water diseases:

Diarrhoea

This is a condition that involves the frequent passing of loose and watery stools, which causes a person to lose both water and electrolytes. This can lead to dehydration, or even death. It is the second cause of death among children as repeated episodes of diarrhoeal disease makes them more vulnerable to other diseases and malnutrition. Luckily, diarrhoea is easily preventable – always make sure to drink clean water.

Amoebiasis

Also known as ‘Travellers’ Diarrhoea’, this gastrointestinal infection is caused by Entamoeba histolytica, a parasite that infects the large intestine and liver. Common symptoms of amoebiasis are diarrhoea, stomach cramps and fever. It frequently affects people with poor hygiene. You can prevent this by washing your hands properly several times throughout the day.

Cholera

This global problemis a severe intestinal infection caused by the Vibrio cholerae bacterium. It causes severe diarrhoea that can quickly lead to dehydration and death if not treated immediately. Common symptoms of cholera are diarrhoea and vomiting.

The human body requires regular water intake to keep functioning, and clean water is undeniably essential for healthy living. Be alert and aware of your surroundings to avoid harm.