1,800 child deaths every day are linked to water, sanitation and hygiene Click To Tweet 2,000 children aged 5 and under die every day from a water-related disease Click To Tweet 783 million people do not have access to clean and safe water worldwide Click To Tweet 1 in 9 people worldwide do not have access to safe and clean drinking water. Click To Tweet 443 million school days are lost each year due to water-related diseases. Click To Tweet Children in poor environments often carry 1,000 parasitic worms in their bodies at any time. Click To Tweet Lack of clean water kills children at a rate equivalent to a jet crashing every 4 hours Click To Tweet In developing countries, as much as 80% of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions. Click To Tweet Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease. Click To Tweet 1 in 3 people, or 2.4 billion, are without improved sanitation facilities. Click To Tweet There are 119 million in China and 97 million in India without clean drinking water Click To Tweet 58% of total diarrhoeal deaths that could be averted through safe drinking-water, sanitation and hygiene Click To Tweet 842,000 diarrhoeal diseases deaths per year result from unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene Click To Tweet More than one-third of Africa’s population lacks access to safe drinking water Click To Tweet 25-33% of Chinese do not have access to safe drinking water Click To Tweet Sub-Saharan Africa has the largest number of water-stressed countries of any region Click To Tweet While it takes about 12 gallons per day to sustain a human the average American uses about 158 gallons Click To Tweet By 2050, 1 in 5 developing countries will face water shortages Click To Tweet Half of the global population lives in countries where water tables are rapidly falling Click To Tweet 85% of the world population lives in the driest half of the planet. Click To Tweet Click To Tweet In the past 10 years, diarrhea has killed more children than armed conflict since WWII. Click To Tweet A five-minute shower uses more water than a person in a developing country uses in a day. Click To Tweet Most of the world’s population spends up to 3 hours a day to get the water they need to survive. Click To Tweet 27 percent of people living in cities do not have water piped into their homes Click To Tweet If we did nothing other than provide access to clean water, we could save 2 million lives a year. Click To Tweet In villages where access to clean water is provided, the infant mortality rate can drop by 50%. Click To Tweet In just one day, more than 200 million hours of women’s time is consumed collecting water for domestic use. Click To Tweet In some places, women have to walk nearly 10 kilometers to reach a water source. Click To Tweet Clean drinking water would create 320 million productive days due to improved health. Click To Tweet When walking to retrieve water, women are at greater risk of sexual assault and harassment. Click To Tweet In Africa, every $1 spent on water and sanitation generates a return of $9 in saved time Click To Tweet Women are responsible for 72% of the water collected in Sub-Saharan Africa. Click To Tweet 10% of the global disease could be reduced through improved water supply, sanitation, and hygiene. Click To Tweet Without clean water and sanitation, it is impossible to address poverty, hunger or AIDS. Click To Tweet Women and girls often spend up to 6 hours each day collecting water Click To Tweet $260 billion is lost globally each year due to lack of safe water and sanitation. Click To Tweet Access to safe water and sanitation would result in $32 billion in economic benefits each year Click To Tweet Time spent gathering water around the world translates to $24 billion in lost economic benefits each year. Click To Tweet In low and middle-income countries, 1/3 of all healthcare facilities lack a safe water source. Click To Tweet More than 1/2 of all primary schools in developing countries don't have adequate water facilities Click To Tweet Globally, at least 1.8 billion people use a drinking-water source contaminated with faeces. Click To Tweet By 2025, half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas. Click To Tweet In the U.S., we spend $61 billion every year on clean bottled water. Click To Tweet People living in slums often pay 5-10 times more per liter of water than wealthy people. Click To Tweet A five-minute shower uses more water than a person in a developing country uses in a day. Click To Tweet Without food a person can live for weeks, but without water one can expect to live only a few days. Click To Tweet India has just 4% of the world’s fresh water — but 16% of the global population. Click To Tweet Half of India's water supply in rural areas is routinely contaminated with toxic bacteria. Click To Tweet Lack of clean water is hurting India’s manufacturing sector, resulting in employment declines. Click To Tweet


  1. UNICEF – Children dying daily because of unsafe water supplies and poor sanitation and hygiene https://www.unicef.org/
  2. The Water Project – Water Scarcity https://thewaterproject.org/
  3. Sea Metrics – Global water crisis facts http://www.seametrics.com/
  4. UN Water – Water Cooperation http://www.unwater.org/
  5. Water One Worlds Solutions – Global Water Crisis Facts http://www.wateroneworldsolutions.org/
  6. Charity Water – Why Water http://www.charitywater.org/
  7. Blue Planet Network – What makes clean water so important? http://blueplanetnetwork.org/
  8. Water – Facts About the Economic Importance of Safe Water http://water.org/
  9. Do Something – 11 Facts About Water in the Developing World https://www.dosomething.org/
  10. Save the Water – Water Facts http://savethewater.org/
  11. Watering Malawi – Global Water Poverty Facts http://wateringmalawi.org/
  12. The Globalist – India’s Water Crisis http://www.theglobalist.com/

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