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World water facts

World water facts:

– An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the typical person living in a developing country’s slum uses in a whole day. (UNDHP)

– 1 billion people in the world do not have access to safe water. This is roughly one in eight of the world’s population. In Africa, two out of five people lack clean water. (WHO/UNICEF)

– The average North American uses 158.5 gallons of water a day. The average person in the developing world uses 2.6 – 5.2 gallons a day for drinking, washing and cooking. (HDR)

– The average weight of water women in Africa carry on their heads is 50 pounds, the same as the average airport checked luggage allowance. (HDR)

– Every year there are 4 billion cases of diarrhea as a direct result of drinking contaminated water – resulting in 2.2 million deaths each year. This is equivalent to 20 jumbo jets crashing every day. (WHO)

– 98 percent of water-related deaths occur in the developing world (WHO)

– 1.4 million children die every year from diarrhea caused by unclean water and poor sanitation. That’s 4,000 child deaths a day or one child every 20 seconds. (UNICEF)

– About 2 in 3 people lacking access to clean water survive on less than $2 per day, with 1 in 3 living on less than $1. (WHO)

– The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns. (UNDHP)

– 84 percent of water related deaths are in children ages 0-14. (WHO)

Posted on March 10, 2010 by Sue Sprenkle

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Please conserve water. It is our duty as human beings. Save water and recycle water. The water you throw away (send to the sewer) can be re-used for irrigation. Harvest your own rainwater and take care of thsi world for the future generations.

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