World Water Day: 10 Facts on Water

World Water Day comes around each year (this year on March 22, 2016 http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday) and each year we think deeply about water or at least think briefly about it. At Edge of Seven we’re constantly thinking deeply about the barriers to girls’ education and water & sanitation/hygiene (WASH) are top of mind regarding the school “system” that is at work in our programmatic countries. To fail to address these issues is to fail to understand the setting in developing countries.

As you peruse the below facts, please try to put yourself into the perspective of someone living in these situations. The facts are just facts until you can understand them deeply, know what they mean, and are willing to take action on them — that is truly understanding (aka building knowledge). This is what we do in our 7th Principle – “Learn” (read more).

8186091860_249023dc84_cOn World Water Day this year, please take action. Sign a petition. Tell a friend. Like a web-page, or support Edge of Seven and our work in water and sanitation at schools. Donate.

Here are the facts — now it’s up to you to build knowledge 🙂

  1. 884 million people in the world lack access to safe water supplies.
  2. More than 840,000 people die each year from water-related disease.
  3. Almost 2 in 3 people who need safe drinking water survive on less than $2 a day.
  4. More than 1/2 of all primary schools in developing countries don’t have adequate water facilities and nearly 2/3 lack adequate sanitation.
  5. In many developing countries, millions of women spend several hours a day collecting water from distant, often polluted sources.
  6. Every minute a child dies of a water-related disease.
  7. Diarrhea caused by inadequate drinking water, sanitation, and hand hygiene kills an estimated 842,000 people every year globally, or approximately 2,300 people per day.
  8. Clean water is one aspect of improving sustainable food production in order to reduce poverty and hunger.
  9. By 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity, and two-thirds of the world’s population could be living under water stressed conditions.
  10. Every $1 spent on water and sanitation generates $8 as a result of saved time, increased productivity and reduced health care costs.

 

  • 1 United Nations. “Water for the World.” Web Accessed May 2, 2015.
  • 2 Water.org. “MILLIONS LACK SAFE WATER.” Web Accessed May 2, 2015.
  • 3 Episcopal Relief & Development. “Clean Water Facts.” Web Accessed May 2, 2015.
  • 4 Burgers, Lizette. “Background and Rationale for School Sanitation and Hygiene Education.” UNICEF. Web Accessed May 2, 2015.
  • 5 Episcopal Relief & Development. “Clean Water Facts.” Web Accessed May 2, 2015.
  • 6 Water.org. “MILLIONS LACK SAFE WATER.” Web Accessed May 2, 2015.
  • 7 Tropical Medicine and International Health. “Burden of disease from inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene in low- and middle-income settings: a retrospective analysis of data from 145 countries.” John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Web Accessed May 2, 2015.
  • 8 United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. “Water and Poverty.” Web Accessed May 2, 2015.
  • 9 United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. “Water scarcity.” Web Accessed May 2, 2015.
  • 10 Tansey, Sara. “Water for the World Act reintroduced to Senate.” ONE, 2011. Web Accessed May 2, 2015.
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