11 Facts About Water in the Developing World
- 884 million people in the world lack access to safe water supplies.
- More than 840,000 people die each year from water-related disease.
- Almost 2 in 3 people who need safe drinking water survive on less than $2 a day.
- In many developing countries, millions of women spend several hours a day collecting water from distant, often polluted sources.
- Every minute a child dies of a water-related disease.
- 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.
- More than 1/2 of all primary schools in developing countries don't have adequate water facilities and nearly 2/3 lack adequate sanitation.
- Clean water is one aspect of improving sustainable food production in order to reduce poverty and hunger.
- More than 80% of sewage in developing countries is discharged untreated, polluting rivers, lakes and coastal areas.
- 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.
- Every $1 spent on water and sanitation generates $8 as a result of saved time, increased productivity and reduced health care costs.
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