Today..March 22, 2016 World Water Day

what is in it?

To celebrate water’s big day , here are some facts about access to water from around the globe from

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:


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