The importance of continuing the development of a safe water supply for humanity across the globe cannot be overstressed. Safe water is necessary for health and well being and is a basic human right. Historically, in industrialized countries, virtually all diseases, such as cholera, polio, and typhoid fever were eliminated in communities where safe and clean drinking water was made available. The same would be the case in developing countries if safe and clean water supplies were to become available. No amount of medical supplies or healthcare facilities can achieve such a goal at a reasonable cost.
Provision of clean water at an affordable price is also inextricably tied to efforts to erase gender inequality, alleviate poverty, enhance productivity, and afford educational opportunities.