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Facts and the Solution to the Water Crisis

663 million people currently drink dirty water with more than 840,000 estimated to die each year from diarrhea as a result of unsafe drinking-water, sanitation and hand hygiene including 360,000 children under the age of 5. (1)

844million

people don’t have clean water

WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Report 2017
2.3billion

people don't have a decent toilet

WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Report 2017
31%

of schools do not have clean water

WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Report 2017

Diseases from dirty water kill more people every year than all forms of violence including war.
charity: water

Diarrhea caused by dirty water and poor toilets kills a child under 5 every 2 minutes.
WASHWatch.org

Throughout the world, up to 443 million school days are lost every year due to water-related illnesses.
Human Development Report, 2006

Every minute a newborn dies from an infection caused by lack of safe water and an unclean environment.
WHO, 2015

Diarrhea is the third leading cause of child death.
Water.org

If everyone, everywhere had clean water, the number if diarrheal deaths would be cut by a third.
Tropical Medicine and International Health, 2014

$260000000000 lost globally each year due to lack of basic water and sanitation. Water.org

Providing clean water provides a cycle of wellness to people in need. Not only does clean water resolve the majority of illnesses; providers no longer have to walk for miles/hours a day to get their source of water using the time instead for education and work.

In fact, according to the World Health Organization, for every $1 that is invested in clean water can yield $4-$12 in economic returns. (2)

Ultimately the solution to resolving the water crisis is to build obtainable and sustainable clean water sources, whether in an urban or rural setting. This can come in many different forms such as wells, rainfall collection, piping, financing, filtering solutions, gravity solutions and/or from natural springs.

The charities that we work with use a range of the above to help bring clean water and proper sanitation solutions to its recipients. We recommend that you visit our partners pages to learn how each is providing clean water and sanitation.

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