The Importance of Clean Water Around the World

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religious water

A woman takes water at a Sikh temple in Delhi.

Our bodies are made up of 60% water, our earth’s surface is made up of 70% water.  It is essential for life.  It is also a source of power, it regulates our climate, and enables us to grow food which is essential for life.  Our world is reliant on clean water.

Since I’ve been writing a lot about the importance of clean water in the world, I thought I would share this montage of water photography from around the world.  I’ve been traveling for over 7 years now and have encountered many cultures who use water in different ways than my own.  Water is used for life, but also for fun, and sometimes for destruction.  Many of these places are locations which don’t always have easy access to water, so every drop is precious.

Let’s celebrate our water world!

water Sri Pada Sri Lanka

Sri Lankans bath in ‘holy’ water before their pilgrimage climbing Sri Pada (Adam’s Peak).

water gobi desert

A boy gets water from a well in the Gobi Desert Mongolia for livestock.

Mekong River boat racing laos

A boat racing team in Laos practice at dusk on the Mekong River.

South Dakota flooding

Nature’s wrath. A flooded field and farm in South Dakota.

 banaue philippines hiking

A boy plays and baths in a river near Banaue Philippines.

water nepal

Children carry water from a stream to their homes in the mountains. A daily task for the people of Puma – a small mountain village in Nepal

Venice water

Venice – a city built on water!

Dam Sen water park Ho Chi Minh City

Kids enjoy Dam Sen water park in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam.

bucket shower india

A boy in India takes a bath in the streets with buckets of water he pours over his head.

Mekong river laos monks

A monk cools down in the river in Laos

Pamukkale Turkey water

A young girl plays in the hot springs and terraces of water in Pamukkale Turkey

Water fountains Rome

Clean drinking water runs in the cobblestone streets of Rome and available to all.

fresh water nepal

A woman washes her laundry near a stream in Nepal



Sherry Ott
Sherry Ott is a refugee from corporate IT who is now a long term traveler, blogger, and photographer. She’s a co-founder of, a website offering career break travel inspiration and advice.

Additionally, she runs an around the world travel blog writing about her travel and expat adventures at
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One Response to The Importance of Clean Water Around the World

  1. Catherine Broughton (author) March 23, 2014 at 2:32 am #

    Wonderful photos. Clean water is crucial, of course, but I do firmly believe that while we keep sending aid out to these thrid world places, their governments will never swing in to action. I have met educated Africans in Africa who say exactly that; some even find it patronizing. But I love your photos !

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