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Key Facts About the Water Crisis

​(Sources: and United Nations)


  • Every 90 seconds a child dies of a water-related disease (cholera, hepatitis, typhoid, dysentery, etc.)

  • The 3rd leading cause of child death is diarrhea 

  • In the developing world, contaminated water accounts for 80% of all diseases and claims the lives of 5 million children a year

  • 443 million school days are lost each year due to water-related illness

  • An estimated 266 million hours are spent each day by women and girls in collecting water for domestic use (up to 6 hours per day)

  • The lost productivity of people collecting water is greater than the combined number of hours worked in a week by employees at Walmart, United Parcel Service, McDonald's, IBM, Target, and Kroger

  • More people die each day from unsafe water than from all forms of violence (including war)

  • Today 1 in 9 people lack access to safe water1 in 3 lack access to a toiletMore

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