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  1. Water covers around 70% of the Earth’s surface.
  2. The Nile River is the longest river in the world at 4132 miles long.
  3. 780 million people lack access to an improved water source — approximately 1 in 9 people.
  4. 82% of those who lack access to improved water live in rural areas, while just 18% live in urban areas.
  5. Every minute a child dies of a water-related disease.

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  1. Today, a larger number of people own a mobile phone than those who have access to a toilet.
  2. People suffering from water-related illnesses fill half of the world's hospital beds.
  3. 10% of the global disease burden could be reduced with improved water supply. Not only would it increase hydration, but sanitation and hygiene as well.
  4. Just 33% of what the world spends on bottled water every year would pay to provide clean water for the 780 million without it.
  5. In the world, more than twice the population of the United States lives without access to safe water.
  6. Safe drinking water in undeveloped areas allows children — especially young girls — the opportunity to go back to school and in turn, fosters economic development.

Sources

  • 1

    U.S. Geological Survey. "How much water is there on, in, and above the Earth?" U.S. Department of the Interior. Web Accessed May 2, 2015.

  • 2

    Throp, Claire. "The Nile River." New York: Heinemann-Raintree, 2012.

  • 3

    World Health Organization and UNICEF. "Progress on sanitation and drinking-water - 2014 update." 2014. Web Accessed May 2, 2015.

  • 4

    World Health Organization and UNICEF. "Progress on sanitation and drinking-water - 2014 update." 2014. Web Accessed May 2, 2015.

  • 5

    Water.org. "MILLIONS LACK SAFE WATER." Web Accessed May 2, 2015.

  • 6

    Kurtz, Annalyn. "In India, more cell phones than toilets." CNN, 2012. Web Accessed May 2, 2015.

  • 7

    The Water Project. "IMPROVING HEALTH IN AFRICA...begins with access to safe Water." Web Accessed May 2, 2015.

  • 8

    Jamison, Dean T. "Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene Promotion." World Bank Group, 1993.

  • 9

    Natural Resources Defense Council. "Bottled Water." Web Accessed May 2, 2015.

  • 10

    World Health Organization and UNICEF. "Progress on sanitation and drinking-water - 2014 update." 2014. Web Accessed May 2, 2015.

  • 11

    U.S. Census Bureau. "International Data Base." 2014. Web Accessed May 2, 2015.

  • 12

    Changemakers. "Just Save One." Ashoka. Web Accessed May 2, 2015.

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