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Defining the Clean Water Crisis
- 12 million people die each year from lack of safe drinking water, including more than 3 million who die from waterborne diseases. (WHO)
- 1 million people die each month from lack of safe drinking water, including more than 300,000 each month from waterborne diseases or collectively 1,250,000 deaths per month.
- Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease. (UN Human Development Report)
- According to the United Nations, water use has grown at more than twice the rate of population increase in the last century.
- By 2025, an estimated 1.8 billion people will live in areas plagued by water scarcity, with two-thirds of the world’s population living in water-stressed regions as a result of use, growth, and climate change.
- Nearly 95 percent of your water footprint is hidden in the food you eat, energy you use, products you buy, and services you rely on. Only 5% runs through toilets, taps and garden hoses.
- The amount of energy needed to convert ocean water to consumable water is prohibitive today, explaining why only a very small fraction of the world’s water supply