- 884 million people in the world lack access to safe water supplies.
- 3.5 million people die each year from water-related disease.
- Almost 2 out of 3 people who need safe drinking water survive on less than $2 a day.
- In many developing countries, women and girls walk on average over 3.5 miles each day to fetch water. Women often spend more than 15 hours per week gathering water. Providing access to clean water close to home can dramatically reduce a women’s workload, and free up time for educating her children and increasing her economic opportunities.
- Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease.
- Diarrhea is the second leading cause of child death in the world today, and the top cause of child mortality in sub-Saharan Africa. This diarrhea is caused by poor sanitation, hygiene, or dirty drinking water.
- More than half of all primary schools in developing countries do not have adequate water facilities and nearly 2/3 lack adequate sanitation. Water and sanitation programs in schools significantly reduce disease, increase student attendance and learning achievement, and contribute to gender equality.
- Clean water is one aspect of improving sustainable food production in order to reduce poverty and hunger.
- More than 80% of sewage in developing countries is discharged untreated, polluting rivers, lakes and coastal areas.
- By 2025, the proportion of the world’s population living in water-stressed countries is set to increase by two thirds.
- Every $1 spent on water and sanitation generates $8 as a result of saved time, increased productivity and reduced health care costs.
Facts provided by ONE Campaign.