The statistics indicate a two-way relationship between extreme poverty and lack of access to safe water. More than a billion people live on less than a dollar a day, including the vast majority of those without access to safe water.
Right now, almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water, that is one out of every eight of us.
Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of diseases and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies aren’t strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses.
90% of the 42,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions are to children under five years old. Many of these diseases are preventable. The UN predicts that one tenth of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving water supply and sanitation.
Water is an astonishingly complex and subtle force in an economy. It is the single constraint on the expansion of every city, and bankers and corporate executives have cited it as the only natural limit to economic growth.
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884 million people in the world do not have access to safe water. This is roughly one in eight of the world’s population.
1.8 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation. This amounts to around 5000 deaths a day.
The simple act of washing hands with soap and clean water can reduce diarrhea diseases by over 40%
Providing water and hygiene education reduces the number of deaths caused by diarrhea diseases by an average of 65%
Water-related disease is the second biggest killer of children worldwide, after acute respiratory infections like tuberculosis.
The weight of water that women in Brazil, Africa and Asia carry on their heads is commonly 40 pounds, the same as the average airport luggage allowance.
Water and sanitation infrastructure helps people take the first essential step out of the cycle of poverty and disease.
At any given time, half the population of the developing world is suffering from one or more of the main diseases associated with inadequate provision of water and sanitation.
At any one time, half of the developing world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from water-related diseases.
Around 90% of incidences of water-related diseases are due to unsafe water supply, sanitation and hygiene and is mostly concentrated on children in developing countries.
Intestinal worms infect about 10% of the population of the developing world. Intestinal parasitic infections can lead to malnutrition, anemia and stunted growth.
443 million school days are lost each year due to water-related diseases.
11% more girls attend school when sanitation is available.
40 billion working hours are spent carrying water each year in Africa.
Households in rural Africa spend an average of 26% of their time fetching water, and it is generally women who are burdened with the task.
The average North American uses 400 liters a day. European uses 200 liters.
The average person in the developing world uses 10 liters of water every day for their drinking, washing and cooking.
On current trends over the next 20 years humans will use 40% more water than they do now.
Agriculture accounts for over 80% of the world’s water consumption.