Did you know that around 2.6 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation globally? Have you heard that a child dies every 15 seconds of waterborne diseases? Has anyone told you how much water a sprinkler in one hour uses or how many gallons of water are needed to produce one pound of coffee?
We have compiled a list of twenty water facts that remind us of the extreme urgency for fresh drinking water in the developing countries but also reveal our water consumption behavior in the Western world.
It is true that our water consumption does not have a direct impact on the lives of the less fortunate. However, when you take a shower or drink from the tap next time, you may want to reflect on how lucky you are and that it is our responsibility to provide others with similar means. We also rely on you! Let's spread the word beyond Twestival! Let's help charity: water: http://www.charitywater.org
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1. Fa ct 1 In sub-Saharan Africa, women spend 15-17 hrs/week
collecting water. charity: water
2. Fa ct 2 443 million school days are lost each year due to
water-related illnesses that keep children out of school and
compromise their ability to learn when they do attend.
3. Fa ct 3 Each American uses enough water to ll 1600 drinking
glasses a day. http://www.ickr.com/photos/96dpi/2596853813/
4. Fa ct 4 Around 2.6 billion people lack access to adequate
sanitation globally. charity: water
5. Fa ct 5 Nearly 14,980 gallons of water a year per household
leaks down the drain & is never used in the US.
6. Fa ct 6 Most of the 1.1 billion categorized as lacking
access to clean water use about 1.3 gallons per day, less than one
ush of toilet in the U.S. charity: water
7. Fa ct 7 50% of all schools in the world dont have freshwater
or adequate sanitation.
8. Fa ct 8 U.S. water consumption can reach 100 gallons per
person, 8 times that of an Indian household.
9. Fa ct 9 It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce a pound
of coffee. http://www.ickr.com/photos/wiedmaier/370306321/
10. Fa ct 10 The amount of water used by a sprinkler in one
hour is equal to the daily water needs of a family of four.
11. Fa ct 11 Diarrhea is the 2nd largest cause of child
mortality. charity: water
12. Fa ct 12 A ve minute shower uses 10-25 gallons of water.
13. Fa ct 13 On average, women in Africa and Asia walk 3.7
miles to collect water. charity: water
14. Fa ct 14 America uses 408 billion gallons a day
15. Fa ct 15 The weight of water containers that women in Asia
& Africa carry on their heads equals the baggage weight allowed
by airlines. charity: water
16. Fa ct 16 In sub-Saharan Africa, a babys chance of dying
from diarrhea is almost 520 times the chance of that in Europe or
the United States. www.virtualworldsconnect.com
17. Fa ct 17 A child dies every 15 seconds of waterborne
diseases. charity: water
18. Fa ct 18 80% of all sickness in the developing world is due
to water-related disease.
19. Fa ct 19 The simple act of washing hands at critical times
can reduce the number of diarrheal cases by up to 35%. charity:
20. Fa ct 20 98 percent of water-related deaths occur in the
developing world. http://ickr.com/photos/istargazer/217983687/