Every 40 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease. In many villages women do not name their children until they reach the age of 5. Every year, nearly 11 million children die before reaching their fifth birthday, most from preventable causes Worldwide 160 million children suffer from stunting and chronic malnutrition linked to water and sanitation Young children are the first to get sick and die from waterborne and sanitation-related illnesses—including diarrheal diseases and malaria.
Women and children bear the primary responsibility for water collection. In Africa and Asia, women and children walk an average of 3.7 miles a day just to collect water, burning precious calories which contributes to malnutrition.
More than four billion cases of diarrhea cause 2.2 million deaths—mostly of children under the age of five. As immune systems are progressively compromised with each bout of diarrhea, related illnesses indirectly kill millions more each year.
Four out of every 10 people in the world, particularly those in Africa and Asia, do not have clean water to drink.
90 percent of wastewater in developing countries is discharged into rivers and streams without any treatment. These are the primary water sources where water is drawn and carried back to villages
The average American family uses 176 gallons of water per day for all their needs, compared to 5 gallons of water the average African family uses each day.
Think about the devastating environmental impact of water bottles that are being shipped to areas where recycling is not available. In the US where we can recycle- Bottles used to package water take over 1,000 years to bio-degrade and if incinerated, they produce toxic fumes. It is estimated that over 80% of all single-use water bottles used in the U.S. simply become "litter."

*per UNICEF, World Health Organization, Water.org, The Water Project

 

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