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)
people don’t have clean waterWHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Report 2017
people don't have a decent toiletWHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Report 2017
of schools do not have clean waterWHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Report 2017
Diseases from dirty water kill more people every year than all forms of violence including war.
Diarrhea caused by dirty water and poor toilets kills a child under 5 every 2 minutes.
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.
Diarrhea is the third leading cause of child death.
If everyone, everywhere had clean water, the number if diarrheal deaths would be cut by a third.
Tropical Medicine and International Health, 2014
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.