Chapter 2. Water for Life

Chapter 2. Water for Life. Life is the other name of water. We obtain water from different sources. The sources of such an important resource are being polluted in many ways. Water is one of the naturally abundant liquid matter. In the human body, around 65-75% is water. Similarly meat, fish, vegetables, etc. may contain 60-90% water. Seventy-five percent of the earth’s surface is covered by water which is also very important for human survival. So it is said, “water is the other name of life”. Now let us know some important properties of water.

Chapter 2. Water for Life

Chapter 2. Water for Life

What are the melting point and boiling point of water? When water is in solid-state, we call it ice. The temperature at which ice melts is called it’s the melting point which is 0°Celsius.  On the other hand, at atmospheric pressure, the temperature at which a liquid boils is called its boiling point. The boiling point of water is 99.980Celsius which is very close to 100°Celsius.

Chapter 2. Water for Life

Chapter 2. Water for Life

That is why we generally say that the boiling point of water is 100°Celsius. Pure water is colorless, odorless and tasteless. Do you know what the density of water is?  The density of water depends on temperature.  The density of water is highest at 4°Celsius and it is 1gram/cc or 1000kg/m3 which means at 4° Celsius, the mass of 1cc of water is 1 gram or the mass of 1 m3 of water is 1000kg.

Your faithful support of Water for LIFE since the outreach began in 2000 has helped provide more than 6200 water wells so far, and we are thankful for your willingness to continue to help with the goal of 400 new wells this year.

But the global need for water is still huge. Nearly 844 million people lack access to safe drinking water, and waterborne diseases are one of the leading causes of death for children under the age of 5.

A new well providing clean water stops the cycle of death and offers a blessing that lasts a lifetime for people living in areas of need around the world. Thank you for your faithful support as we work to provide clean water in the areas that need it most.

UN-Water is coordinating the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life’, 2005-2015. UN-Water is the United Nations system-wide inter-agency gathering of all relevant agencies, departments, and programs involved with water-related issues. UN-Water is the inter-agency mechanism for the implementation of the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation water-related provisions and the Millennium Development Goals concerning freshwater. The terms of reference and modalities of work of UN-Water cover the elements of a detailed inter-agency plan for addressing water as well as sanitation issues, and include mechanisms for interacting with non-United Nations system stakeholders.

The chairmanship of UN-Water rotates and is currently held by the United Nations University (UNU), while the Secretariat for UN-Water is based at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). Within UNDESA, the Water, Natural Resources and Small Island Developing States Branch in the Division for Sustainable Development will be responsible for the ‘Water for Life’ Decade. For more info on interagency coordination.

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Chapter 2. Water for Life

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