Amazing Facts

Shocking facts about water

Water: we once thought it was an endless natural
resource. Now we know better.

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1. Over 1.5 billion people do not have access to clean, safe water.

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2. Almost 4 million people die each year from water related diseases.

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3.  43% of water related deaths are due to diarrhea.
4. 98% of water related deaths occur in the
developing world.

5. Unsafe water is the biggest killer of children
under five; around 90% of all diarrheal deaths are in this age group.

6. In Sub-Saharan Africa women spend on average16 hours a week
collecting water.

7. A typical individual in the United States uses 500 litres of
water each day.

8. The recommended
daily water requirement for sanitation, bathing, cooking and
consumption is approximately 50 litres per person per day.
9. Over 1 billion people use less than 6 litres of water per day.

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10. A typical individual in Gambia uses just 4.5 litres of water a
11. Lack of access to clean water and sanitation
has claimed more lives through disease than any war through guns.

12. The average toilet uses 8 litres of clean water in a single
13. At any one time, more than half of the world's poor are ill due
to inadequate sanitation, water or hygiene.
14. It takes over 11,000 litres of water to produce a pound of
15. Half the world’s schools do not have access to clean water, nor
adequate sanitation.
16. It takes about 300 litres of water to make the paper for just
one Sunday newspaper.
17. Agriculture is responsible for about 70% of the world’s water
usage. Industry uses a further 22%.
18. 443 million
school days are lost each year due to water related illness.
19. On average, women in Africa and Asia have to walk 3.7 miles to
collect water.

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20. The average dishwasher uses over 100 litres per cycle.
21. It takes up to 5000 litres of water to produce
1kg of rice.
22. 80% of all illness in the developing world comes from water
born diseases.

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23. Drilling a fresh water well can cost
anything from a few hundred dollars to over $40,000.
24. Over 2.6 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation.
25. 90% of wastewater in developing
countries is discharged into rivers or streams without any treatment.

26. About 1.8 million child deaths a year are due to diarrhea.

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27. An 18 litre can of water weighs 20 kilos.

28. About half the world’s hospital beds are occupied by
someone with a water related illness.

29. A five minute shower in an American household
will use more water than a person living in a developing world slum
will use in a whole day.

30. A third of the people without access to
clean water live on less than a dollar a day. More than two thirds live
on less than two dollars a day.

31. Water consumption in a US household is eight times that
of an Indian household.
32. In India alone, water born diseases cost the economy 73 million
working days per year.
33. In sub-Saharan Africa a child’s chance of dying from diarrhea is
over 500 times
than in Europe.
34. Approximately 2.5 billion
people lack access to appropriate sanitation facilities.
35. About 1.2 billion people have absolutely no
access to
a sanitation facility.

36. In a typical year in Africa 5–10 times the number of people die
from diarrhea than from war.

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37. Simply washing hands
can decrease the chance of diarrhea by around 35%.
38. Global sales of bottled water account for over
$60-$80 billion each year.
39. A child dies of water born diseases about
every 15 seconds
(that’s about 12 children just since you started reading this article).
By this time tomorrow, another 2,500 will be dead.

40. As little as one dollar can provide clean water for a child in
the developing world for an entire year.

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