To celebrate water’s big day , here are some facts about access to water from around the globe from Water.org.
1 1.8 billion people from around the world lack access to safe water.
2. Globally, 1/3 of all schools lack access to safe water and adequate sanitation.
3. In low and middle income countries, a third of all healthcare facilities lack a safe water source.
4. The World Economic Forum in January 2015 ranked the water crisis as the number 1 global risk based on impact to society.
5. The incidence of children suffering from stunting and chronic malnutrition…at least 160 million- is linked to water and sanitation.
6. More than 840,000 people die from a water related disease each year.
7. 82% of people who don’t have access to “improved water” live in rural areas.
8. More than 1/3 of people worldwide lack access to a toilet, more than the number of people who have a mobile phone.
9. Women and children spend 125 million hours collecting water every day, individual women and children can spend as many as 6 hours daily on collecting fresh water.
10. Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water related disease.
11. Universal access to safe water and sanitation would result in $18.5 billion in economic benefits each year from deaths avoided alone, a return of$4 for every dollar spent on safe water access.
12. The amount of safe water could drop by 40% in 15 years if people do not change the way they use water.
World Water Day 2016. Man cleans river on his own: