Water Rights in Southeast Asia and India by Ross Michael Pink

By Ross Michael Pink

This interesting e-book examines the paramount human rights factor of our time: fresh consuming water. toxins, inhabitants surge, and weather switch will deprive an envisioned 2 billion voters of this primary correct by means of 2050. the writer argues for the necessity to identify cutting edge, sustainable practices to guard this useful human correct.

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Based on group discussions with community members, it is estimated that less than 20 percent of pilot project communities currently use contaminated sources for drinking and cooking. Prior to the project, knowledge of naturally occurring arsenic contamination of water sources was negligible. 15 The Myanmar Ministry of Health reported in 2010 that based upon surveys conducted in 12 regions of the country, arsenic contaminated water was discovered in all 12 regions above the permissible level of 10 ppb (parts per billion) established by the WHO.

3% of Cambodia’s rural population relies on unprotected ponds, streams, rivers, or wells for drinking water treatment is usually required to make water safe. Centralized treatment facilities have not been established in rural Cambodia. Each site is different but in general the conclusion drawn from the survey is that rural Cambodians do not have access to clean drinking water unless they venture to filter it themselves. Of the 22 drinking water sources only two of the sites met the WHO standard for safe drinking water of 0 TTC colony forming units (cfu)/100 mL, and one sample was within the threshold of moderate risk (11–100 cfu/100 mL).

Government Water Policy and Laws Water and sanitation policy and laws are at a rudimentary level in Myanmar and have not kept pace with urgent development needs. Government departments with responsibilities related to water and sanitation issues include the Departments of Irrigation, Meteorology and Hydrology, Forestry, Water Resource Utilization, Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems. Municipal agencies such as City and Township Development Committees are responsible for urban water supply and the DRD (Department for Rural Development) is responsible for rural water supply.

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