Water Facts

Here are some facts about the world water crisis taken from Active:Water's website. When the quality of life and the right to live come down to something we take for granted and even waste on a daily basis, how could we not do something. I hope these facts will touch your heart as they has mine and prompt you to do something to help.

These facts and more can be found at activewater.org/The_Hard_Facts.php

-884 million people lack access to safe drinking water.  That's approximately 1 out of every 8 persons on earth.

-2.5 billion people lack access to basic sanitation with nearly half of that number having no facilities at all.

-Nearly 2/3 of people who lack access to clean water live off of wages of less than $2 a day.

-People who live in rural areas or slums often pay 5 to 10 times more money per liter of water than their wealthy counterparts living in the same city.

-Poverty and water scarcity force people to rely on unsafe sources of drinking water. It also means they cannot bathe or clean their clothes or homes properly.

-Mllions of women and children spend several hours a day walking 6 or more miles to collect water from polluted sources.  Time that could be spent in school or practicing a trade that would benefit their family's current needs and future success.

-Poor water quality can increase the risk of such diarrheal diseases as cholera, typhoid fever and dysentery, and other water-borne infections. Water scarcity can lead to diseases such as trachoma (an eye infection that can lead to blindness), plague and typhus.

-Every 15 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease.  For children under the age of five, there is no greater cause of death than unsafe drinking water and poor sanitation.

-1.4 million children die each year from diarrhea. That's over 3,800 deaths each day from just one form of water-related sickness.

-About 3.3 billion people - half of the world's population - are at risk of malaria.

-Every year, there are about 250 million cases of malaria, resulting in nearly 1 million deaths.

-At any given time, close to half of all people living in developing nations are sufferring from a health problem related to water and sanitation deficits.