Clean water is the most basic source of life. It is the foundation for health, education and viable economies.
1.1 billion people in the world lack this most basic source of life.
Less than 1% of the world’s fresh water (or about 0.007% of all water on earth) is readily accessible for direct human use.
Currently, one-third of the world’s population live in countries where there isn’t enough water or its quality has been compromised, but by 2025 it is expected to rise to two-thirds.
An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than a typical person in a developing country slum uses in a whole day.
Health Impact: At any given time, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from a water related disease such as typhoid and cholera. 1.8 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation. This amounts to around 5000 deaths a day (UNDP). The simple act of washing hands with soap and clean water can reduce diarrheal diseases by over 40% (UNICEF). Water-related diseases are the second biggest killer of children worldwide, after acute respiratory infections like tuberculosis (UNDP).
Educational Impact: More than 150 million school age children are infected with water borne parasites. 443 million school days are lost each year due to water-related diseases (UNDP). Teachers also lose school days from being sick from water related diseases.
Economic Impact: 40 billion working hours are spent carrying water each year in Africa (Cosgrove and Rijsberman 1998); Those without access to water in developing countries, live on $2 per day (water.cc).
Gender Impact: Households in rural Africa spend an average of 26% of their time fetching water, and it is generally women who are burdened with the task (DFID). These women frequently walk about 7 miles a day. Adolescent
References:  Activenetwork.com |  FAO |  www.worldwaterdaypdx.com |  UNDP  UNICEF |  Cosgrove and Rijsberman 1998 |  WATER.CC |  DFID