World Water Day is 22 March. This video explores the global water crisis, and how we can help everybody gain access to safe drinking water.

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To help solve water crisis governments should:

-Educate peaple especially children in school to change the way of consumption of water;
- Subsidize and encourage the invention of new water conservation and recycling waste water;
- Improve irrigation and agricultural practices.

Personally I don't think that governments are doing enough effort.

About 30 years ago, when I was a kid, our state was as mostly similar as described in the video - poverty, water crisis, under $1 earning a day, no faucets, raining water... There was a water well digged deeply into earth nearby our houses. The water was exposed day by day and contaminated. Some young men even dare dropping themselves into the well for courage proof. The important reason was that we had none water filtration systems. At least, we did not have to take water from swamps.
We used to put a stick, which was tied up with 2 ropes at 2 tips and the other side of ropes were tied up with 2 buckets, on our shoulders. Depending on the size of 2 buckets, they burdened us with 5 - 10 kgs of water each time. It took 5 - 10 minutes to bring water from the well to our houses. But it maybe took about half an hour or more to wait for your turn, which depending on how many people there and how big the well was.
The water was a big trouble with us. I don't remember or really know how the change came to us. Overtime, now we have faucets, clean water or at least filtered water. The children go to schools, and many perspective things happen as in the video. However, in far away areas, the clean water is insufficient and still in needs.
I thought governments play an important role to tackle water crisis. They have to build a vast plan with big containing water lakes, huge channels, and the water filtration systems to everywhere in my country. Those are huge infrastructures to do. We don't lack of water, but we lack a good government. We have many rivers along our country, which the governments use them to either make electricity and clean water.

I think we as an unity can make a change, everyone can make a diffrent. For instanse save water in the taucet while washing. We utse to buy much clothing also and instegs om wearing them they become useless laying in the clothet. To provide clothing much energy is needed and much water. If we bought less clothings we could actually decrease water crisis and raise the projekt to an international level.

We value the drinking water. Everyone should not waste excess water

I'm not totally sure that anyone has already invented a rainwater cleaning system. I mean some kind of mechanism may be able to collect rainwater and turning its hydroxyl radiclas into drinkable water.
I really don't know if there is such a thing. But it could be useful enough by decreasing the water crisis's predicaments in aroud the world.

On governments. They have to provide a large amount of money no more than once, for a lifetime, to their nations for environmental scientists to make a kind of wastewater unit that will change the dirty water for clean water.

Even though they have sent many water tanks since many years ago to these areas all over the world. The crisis continues and does not stop completly and the solutions are just damp cloths. Therefore, the remedy lies in using public funds for the development of environmental engineering. This science should be responsible with building a water purification system.

Sir,
In this sentence, Most British people wouldn't fall for the spaghetti trick today taken from the second paragraph of an article about april's fool on this site.
and in another sentence, The speaker in the recording has an American accent, and perhaps the way she pronounces 'can't' is less familiar to you than the way someone from the UK would pronounce it.
I think the use of the model verb 'Would' is a probability and an expectation about what we commanly and normally expect people to do, right ?
Can we also use 'Will' instead of would in these sentences ?

Hello SonuKumar,
Replacing 'would' with 'will' here changes the meaning from a hypothetical sense to a real (likely) situation. We would only say '...people won't fall...' if we had reason to think that the trick would be performed again.

Peter
The LearnEnglish Team

When i looking at the video i understand how people have difficulties to get water which is essential for live. To help solve the crisis i avoid spending water by closing the tap after using water. To contribute by giving money to help NGO's association to provide water to an area needed . Government should help to create committee to look for.

Hello Kirk,

I found a mistake in the third paragraph of the transcript first sentence. I think it would be wrote " time spent gathering water is time they CAN instead of CAN'T as previously mentioned. please can you check?
Thanks

Hello ADELE,
The transcript is correct. The meaning here is that when the family is busy gathering water, they do not have time to do other things, so 'can't' is the correct form.
The speaker in the recording has an American accent, and perhaps the way she pronounces 'can't' is less familiar to you than the way someone from the UK would pronounce it.

Peter
The LearnEnglish Team