• 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.
• A person can live weeks without food, but only
about three days without water.
• The interventions with the greatest impact on
national development and public health are the provision of safe drinking water and the proper disposal of
• Water-related diseases are one of the leading
causes of disease and death in the world. At any given time, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied
by patients suffering from a water-related disease.
• Close to half of all people in developing
countries suffer from a health problem caused by water and sanitation deficits.
• 2.6 billion people in the world lack access to
proper sanitation resources.
• A person needs 4 to 5 gallons of water per day to
• The average American individual uses 100 to 176
gallons of water each day.
• The average African family uses about 5 gallons of
water each day.
• Millions of women and children spend several hours
a day collecting water from distant, often polluted sources.
• Water systems fail at a rate of 50% or higher.
• Every $1 spent on water and sanitation creates on
average another $8 in costs averted and productivity gained.
• Almost two in three people lacking access to clean
water live on less $2 a day.
• Poor people who are likely to live in slum areas
often pay 5-10 times more for per liter of water than wealthy people living in the same city.
• Every 15 seconds, a child dies from a
• At any given time, half of the world’s hospital
beds are occupied by patients suffering from a water-related disease.
• 1.8 million children die each year from diarrhea –
4,900 deaths each day.
• Human health improvements are influenced not only
by the use of clean water, but also by personal hygiene habits and the use of sanitation facilities.
Click HERE to read Water for
Life Booklet published by the U.N.