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Water Issues

Just the Facts:

  • The UN suggests that each person needs 20-50 liters of safe freshwater a day to ensure their basic needs for drinking, cooking and cleaning. (1)
  • 894 million- more than one in six people worldwide- don’t have access to this amount of safe freshwater. (1)
  • The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns. (2)
  • An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than a typical person in a developing country uses in a whole day. (2)
  • In just one day, more than 200 million hours of women’s time is consumed for the most basic of human needs- collecting water for domestic use. (3)
  • Almost one tenth of the global disease burden could be prevented by improving water supply, sanitation, hygiene and management of water resources. Such improvements reduce child mortality and improve health and nutritional status in a sustainable way. (4)

How You Can Start to Help:

  • Find out your water footprint with National Geographic’s Water Footprint Calculator and make a pledge to lower your daily water usage
  • Check out this infographic about the choices you make and how they affect your water use footprint,
  • Get involved
  • Tell your friends


1. https://www.unwater.org/statistics_san.html
2. 2006 United Nations Human Development Report.
3. www.water.org
4. United Nations World Water Development Report, “Water in a Changing World”