1 billion people of our world’s 6.8 billion will go to sleep tonight without clean drinking water. Some of them will not wake up tomorrow morning as a result of dehydration or disease. The most affected group are young children who suffer fatal diseases from water infected with parasites. In fact, 5,000 children under the age of 5 die every day as a result of foul water. To break it down, that’s every…15…seconds. This number has faces. They are our desperate, distant neighbors. The Global Water crisis…”is a silent crisis experienced by the poor and tolerated by those with the resources, technology and the political power to end it.” The current water crisis claims more lives through disease than war, hurricanes, floods, tsunamis & earthquakes combined. The reality is 2.2 million deaths occur each year as a direct result of drinking contaminated water.
How can we translate such a staggering number? It is the equivalent of roughly 20 jumbo jets crashing every day.
Dirty water is holding back human progress by confining humanity to lives of poverty, vulnerability and insecurity. These bottom billion suffer for something we take for granted every day. The average North American uses 400 liters a day whereas the average person in the developing world uses 10 liters of water every day for drinking, washing and cooking (Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council – WSSCC).
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