The Water Crisis is Solvable

Water Facts

When the available potable water within a region is less than what the region demands, there is a water crisis.

To survive, a person needs to drink 2-4 liters of potable water each day. When cooking, bathing, and cleaning are accounted for as well, the average person requires more like 20-50 liters per day.2

Today:

  • 748 million people are without access to safe drinking-water.2
  • Approximately 1.4 billion people live in river basins where usage exceeds water recharge rates.3
  • 97.5% of the water on Earth is saltwater. Of the 2.5% of the water that is freshwater, only about 1% of that (about 0.007% of all water on Earth) is readily accessible for human use.4
  • By 2030, 47% of world population will be living in areas of high water stress.5

Sanitation Facts

  • 2.5 billion people are without access to basic sanitation.2
  • Improving water supplies, sanitation, and hygiene could prevent nearly 10% of the global disease burden.6
  • At any one point in time, 50 percent of all people in the developing world will be in a hospital suffering from one or more water-related diseases.7
  • 88% of diarrheal disease is attributed to unsafe water supply, inadequate sanitation and hygiene.8
  • 1.4 million diarrhea-related child deaths could be prevented every year with better sanitation and safer drinking water

Taken from  www.wateringearth.org