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Why Water?

894 Million People do not have access to enough safe, fresh water to ensure their basic needs for drinking, cooking & cleaning.

The statistics that describe the clean water crisis are tough to digest, but they are an important part of understanding the problem. Hopefully, after reading a few of them, you'll be inspired to act just like we were. Together, we can change these numbers!

2.5 billion people in the world, 1 billion of whom are children, live without basic sanitation–this is more than a third of the world's population!

2.5 billion people

Every 21 seconds a child dies as a result of unsafe water and a lack of basic sanitation and hygiene. That's 1.5 million preventable deaths every year.

Every 20 seconds

Annually, 54.2 million disabilities are attributable to unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene.

On a typical day in Sub-Saharan Africa, more than 50% of available hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from water-associated enteric diseases. Hand washing with clean water and soap can cut the risk of acquiring these diseases in half!

Sub-Saharan Africa

  • WHO and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Program on Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP)
  • Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)
  • World Water Assessment Program (WWAP)

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The following websites provide additional information and statistics on water, sanitation, & hygiene:

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