Half of the world’s hospital beds are filled with people suffering from a water-related disease.
Globally, diarrhea is the leading cause of illness and death, and 88 per cent of diarrheal deaths are due to a lack of access to sanitation facilities, together with inadequate availability of water for hygiene and unsafe drinking water.
Lack of access to clean water and sanitation kills children at a rate equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing every four hours.
More than 650 million people were still without access to improved sources of drinking water.
A five minute shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country uses in an entire day.
One third of the people on earth lack adequate sanitation.
More people have a mobile phone than a toilet in Asia and Africa.
Without clean water and sanitation, it is impossible to address poverty, hunger or health issues.
In just one day, 200 million work hours are consumed by women collecting water for their families.
In developing countries, as much as 80% of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions.
The average container for water collection in Africa, the jerry can, weighs more than 40 pound when full.
The United Nations estimates that Sub-Saharan Africa alone loses 40 billion hours per year collecting water; the same as an entire year’s labor in all of France!
The world has the money to provide water to everyone in need! In fact it would take just a third of what the world spends on bottled water in one year!
By investing in clean water alone, young children around the world can gain more than 413 million days of health!
Safe drinking water sends children (especially girls) back to school, empowers women, improves community health and fosters economic development.