Man in filled sewer
Sewer drains. Ajmer. india
A typical village water scene.
In most villages, drinking water is not available to each home, but only to the street, requiring families (the woman) to fetch water every day.
In many places, each street might only have water for a couple hours each day,
Open waste water and sewers often run along the same paths and if the drinking water pipes and taps are not maintained (often the case in villages with few resources and/or awareness), then contaminated water can enter even if the source water is clean (not a sure thing itself!).
India - Rural - drinking water and waste water meet on the street
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Devi Lal cleans a drain in New Delhi in 2012. A study found that 80% of sewage cleaners in India die before age 60 because of work-related health problems.
Dharamani Kale emerged from the manhole, sewage clinging to his body. Next to him, Sona Bai gathered haramani Kale emerged from the manhole, sewage clinging to his body. Next to him, Sona Bai gathered filth in a small round basket and carried it on her head to the end of the street. The unpleasant process had started at dawn and would continue for at least 12 hours.