Water Crisis

Water facts and effective use

More than a billion people are denied the right to clean water, while 2.6 billion do not have adequate sanitation. (2006 Human Development Report, 'Beyond Scarcity: Power, Poverty and the Global Water Crisis').

  • 1.1 billion people (1/6th of the world's population) lack access to clean water.
  • 2.6 billion people (40% of the world's population) lack adequate sanitation (toilets).
  • 1.5 billion people suffer from illness due to water-borne parasites such as worms, protozoa and bacteria.
  • The lack of clean water can retard the growth of a child by up to 15%.
  • 6,000 children die every day from illness caused by water-borne diseases. In the last 10 years more kids have died from diarrhea diseases than all people killed in armed conflict since WW II.
  • 30,000 people die every day because they have to drink bad water. The horrible Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004 killed 300,000 people. (Every 10 days 300,000 people around the world die from drinking bad water).
  • Half of all the hospital beds around the world are occupied by patients suffering from water-borne disease.
  • 80% of all disease and sickness in the world is caused by inadequate water supply or inadequate sanitation.
  • In the developing countries around the globe, women and children must walk many miles to get water every day. The United Nations estimates that on average each person carries a container that weighs 40 pounds when full and they walk an average of 4 miles (18 kg - 6 km). This is very time consuming and prevents these people from attending school or working and leaves women vulnerable to assault and spinal deformities.
  • Sadly, much of the water they find to drink and cook with we wouldn't use to wash our car tires.
  • The first step in sustainable development is establishing a reliable source of clean water.
  • The first step in successfully fighting HIV-AIDS is administering medications with disease-free clean water.
  • "Giving clean water to rural villages" has been ranked as the most effective program to relieve poverty by World Development Economists.


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