It’s that time of year again.
Today is World Water Day, when we try and shout as loud as we can to persuade the world that it is appalling that 884 million people do not have access to safe drinking water, that 2.6 billion lack adequate sanitation facilities.
That it is unacceptable that women and children have to walk miles through dangerous terrain for water that is not even clean, under threat of assault, fearful for their safety. That simply providing a safe water source would protect these women from rape.
That their children would not miss school through time spent fetching water.
That the workers would not get sick from the water and be unable to contribute to their communities and wider economies.
That hospital beds would be freed from those suffering from water-related diseases.
That 4,000 children would not die every day from these related illnesses.
Yes, these illnesses still kill more children than malaria, measles and AIDS combined.
Not just on World Water Day. Every day. And every day, we need to keep on shouting.
Because water changes everything.
And I really hope this is no longer true: water, water everywhere