Without water, life would not exist. It is a prerequisite for all human and economic development. Yet the facts are mind blowing:
- According to WHO/UNICEF more people have a mobile phone than a toilet!
- Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illness.
- Women spend 200 million hours a day collecting water
- More than 3x more people lack water than live in the United States
- The majority of illness is caused by fecal matter
- Lack of community involvement causes 50% of other projects to fail
Today, 780 million people – about one in nine – lack access to clean water. More than twice that many, 2.5 billion people, don’t have access to a toilet.
There has been significant public attention paid to the issue of water scarcity lately, and for good reason. Although water is a renewable resource, it is also a finite one. Only 2.53 percent of earth’s water is fresh, and some two-thirds of that is locked up in glaciers and permanent snow cover. But despite the very real danger of future global water shortages, for the vast majority of the nearly one billion people without safe drinking water, today’s water crisis is not an issue of scarcity, but of access.
Celebrate World Water Day today by joining Water.org campaign. You can get involved by spreading the word, donating money or become part of the water.org team.