Whether it’s the hour-long showers folks in the U.S. take, or the bath-in-the-swamp many people are forced to endure in underdeveloped nations, water is an important commodity, never to be taken for granted.
Here are some interesting facts and information about water and how it affects people around the globe.
Water is the main constituent in the human body, and forms 50-60% of body weight and approximately 75% of body volume.
Water contains zero fat, proteins, carbs, or calories.
The average person uses 465 litres of water per day. However, with education and practice, those numbers can be severely reduced for efficient eco-conservation.
Saying “no” to bottled water dramatically cuts down on water waste each year, as well as saving money.
Women spend 200 million hours a day collecting water.
More than 3 x more people lack water than live in the United States.
An American taking a 5 minute shower takes up more water than the average person in a slum uses in an entire day.
More people have a mobile phone than have access to a working toilet.
Nearly 99% of all water-related deaths occur in third-world countries.
The Downright Ugly
Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illness.
Lack of access to clean water and sanitation kills children at a rate of a Jumbo Jet crashing every four hours.
42,000 people die each week of unsafe drinking water and unhygienic living conditions.
Students in developing countries lose 443 million school days each year due to water-related diseases, such as diarrhea, worms, etc.
Over 17 million barrels of oil are required each year to manufacture water bottles for the United States, Mexico, and China.
If these statistics are disheartening, rest assured in that you can make a positive difference to change the world. Visit sites like Water.org, CharityWater.org, and many others to learn how you can contribute.
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