An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country slum uses for an entire day.
Water is a prerequisite for all human and economic development. Yet nearly one billion people lack access to clean water. Today’s water crisis is not an issue of scarcity, but of access.
More than 3.5 million people die each year from water-related disease; 84 percent are children. Millions of women and children spend several hours each day collecting water from distant, often polluted sources. This is time not spent working at an income-generating job, caring for family members, or attending school.
The good news is that Water.org is dedicated to bringing people clean water with solutions that are simple and cost-effective. On average, every US dollar invested in water and sanitation provides an economic return of eight US dollars.
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