We decided to focus this week on our appreciation for clean water and highlight how fortunate we are to have access to such an essential resource, while millions of people around the world are deprived of such a luxury. Below are some mind-blowing statistics on clean water:
- 3.4 million people die each year from a water related disease, that’s almost the entire city of LA. Nearly all deaths, 99%, occur in the developing world. (World Health Organization)
- 780 million people lack access to clean water, that’s more than 2 ½ times the US population and approximately 1 in 9 people (WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) for Water Supply and Sanitation).
- Lack of access to clean water and sanitation kills children at a rate equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing every four hours (UNICEF, WHO).
- Of the 60 million people added to the world’s towns and cities every year, most move to informal settlements (i.e. slums) with no sanitation facilities (UN Water).
- “[The water and sanitation] crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns” (United Nations Development Programme).
- An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country slum uses for an entire day (United Nations Development Programme).
- Over 2.5X more people lack water than live in the United States (HO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) for Water Supply and Sanitation).
- More people have a mobile phone than a toilet (HO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) for Water Supply and Sanitation).
- An estimated 200 million hours are spent each day globally collecting water (WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) for Water Supply and Sanitation).
These are only a few of the realities that we, living in a first world country, are not exposed to. What we take for granted, others would kill for. We hope to push for more awareness to conserve and give back. One way is through UNICEF’s Tap Project: http://www.unicefusa.org/campaigns/tap-project/ or check out our partner charity: water at http://www.charitywater.org/ to see how they’re reaching closer to their goals!