In many countries, a lack of access to clean water is the primary reason people are unable to rise out of poverty. Here are some facts to ponder:
- Over 1 billion people today do not have access to safe water, roughly 1 out of 6 people worldwide.
- More people die each year from unsafe water than from all forms of violence, including war.
- In the developing world contaminated water accounts for 80% of all diseases, including cholera, hepatitis, typhoid, dysentery and parasites.
- African woman and children bear the burden of walking for water an average of 4 to 8 miles a day.
- African women expend 85% of their energy every day getting water for their families.
- Physical ailments plague African woman carrying Gerry cans on their heads weighing an average of 44 pounds.
- Each flush of the toilet uses the same amount of water that one person in a developing nation uses all day for washing, cooking, cleaning, and drinking.
- The average American family turns the faucet on between 70 – 100 times/day.
- The typical American family uses 200 gallons of water a day while the African family uses on average 5 gallons a day.
The saddest fact:
Some 6,000 children die every day from disease associated with the lack of access to safe drinking water.
12 million people die each year that wouldn’t have to…