A Water Crisis
Clean, safe drinking water is scarce. Today, nearly 1 billion people in the developing world don't have access to it. Yet, we take it for granted, we waste it, and we even pay too much to drink it from little plastic bottles.
Water is the foundation of life. And still today, all around the world, far too many people spend their entire day searching for it.
In places like sub-Saharan Africa, time lost gathering water and suffering from water-borne diseases is limiting people's true potential, especially women and girls.
Education is lost to sickness. Economic development is lost while people merely try to survive. But it doesn't have to be like this. It's needless suffering.
A few statistics
- 2,000 children aged 5 and under die every day from a water-related disease.
- Children in poor environments often carry more than 1,000 parasitic worms in their bodies at any given time.
- Lack of clean water kills children at a rate equivalent to a jet crashing every 4 hours.
- While it takes about 12 gallons of water per day to sustain a human, the average American uses about 158 gallons.
- Most of the world's population spends up to 3 hours a day to get the water they need to survive. Most of these people being women. Journeying alone back and forth to get water often leads to sexual assault.
- In villages where access to clean water is provided, the infant mortality rate drops by over 50%.
- In some places, women must walk up to 6 miles per day to reach a water source.
- In the US, we spend over $61 billion dollars per year on clean bottled water.
- People living in slums often pay 5-10 times more per liter of water than wealthy people.
- Without food, a person can live for weeks. Without water, a person can expect to live only a few days.