Do you leave the water running while you’re brushing your teeth? Do you
take extra long showers? Then you’re not alone. Many of us take clean,
drinkable water for granted.
Around the world, 890 million people—about one in seven— do not have
access to clean drinking water. Working with local partners in Africa,
WaterCan supports small-scale, community-driven projects that address
this great need and dramatically improve the quality of life in rural
areas and urban slums.
The world water crisis is one of the most lethal public health
emergencies of our time, and condemns hundreds of millions to struggle
At any given time, half of the hospital beds in the
developing world are occupied by people suffering from completely
preventable water-related diseases.
Each year, some 1.5 million
children under the age of five die from water and sanitation-related
diseases. This accounts for a greater loss of life amongst this age
group than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined.
As a result,
healthcare costs soar, countless school and working days are lost, and
communities around the world sink deeper into poverty.
Did you know?
- 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water. 97% of this water
is contained in oceans as salt water and 3% is freshwater. Only 0.3% of
the worlds freshwater is available in rivers and lakes; the rest is
frozen in icecaps and glaciers.
- It is 12% more likely that a child will attend school if water is
available within 15 minutes rather than one hour’s walk. 11% more girls
attend school if sanitation is available. (Water Aid)
- A child dies every 15 seconds from water-related diseases amounting to nearly 6,000 deaths each day. (Water Aid)
- Poor water quality caused 10 times more deaths last year than all the wars waged on the planet together. (World Water Council)
- People in developing countries use an average of 10 liters of water
each day; the European average is 200 liters and 350 liters for the
U.S. and Japan. (National Drinking Water Alliance)