Goal 6.3: To improve the quality of water (II)

Goal 6.3: To improve the quality of water (II)
2014. Poster near a natural spring on the Mesillas border between Guatemala and Mexico. Foto: José Luis Armayor © José Luis Armayor

Goal 6.3: To improve the quality of water (II)

At present we can safely say that over 80% of wastewater produced by the many human activities on the planet –urban, industrial, mining or agricultural- is dumped into rivers, lakes or the sea either directly or indirectly and without any kind of treatment.

The worrying sight, even from planes which fly across our oceans, of large island-shaped slicks in the sea, made of plastic, is the clearest and most newsworthy evidence that we currently have of such dumping. During his many trips, the author, who prefers a window seat, unfortunately witnessed the increasing presence of these islands of rubbish.

This goal aims to improve the quality of continental and marine waters, preserving the health of ecosystems and of humans, and to this end we are committed to eliminating, minimising and reducing all kinds of polluting waste which is dumped into the water.

This picture is an anguished cry near a natural spring on the way to the Mesillas border, Department of Huehuetenango, between Guatemala and Mexico. All Central America, with the possible exception of Costa Rica, lacks an efficient system for protecting the quality of water. The protection of water resources is left to the good will of local populations, which, although the photo shows an admirable and praiseworthy action, is totally insufficient for an efficient protection of water.