Five Stunning Facts About Clean Water
Business Connect has provided a comprehensive overview of the global water crisis, breaking it down into 5 stunning facts.We are pleased to be Business Connect’s partner in addressing this critical issue. Read the entire post on the Business Connect blog or read on for an excerpt:
Water Fact #1 – Approximately 1.1 Billion People (1 in 7) Lack Access To Safe Water
An astonishing 10% of the world’s population lacks access to clean, safe water.
Water Fact #2: The damage and suffering caused by unsafe water is massive
Approximately 2.6 billion people (half the developing world) lack access to an improved latrine, and 1.1 billion people lack access to an improved water source.
Water Fact #3 – The primary populations without access to clean water are found in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia
According to the World Health Organization, the top 5 areas for unsafe water are:
– Sub Saharan Africa – 319 million people
– Southern Asia – 134 million people
– Eastern Asia – 65 million people
– South Eastern Asia – 61 million people
– All other regions – 84 million people
Water Fact #4 – Children are hardest hit by unclean water
One of the saddest realities of unsafe, unclean water is that children are hit the hardest. UNICEF estimates that approximately 1,000 children die every day due to diarrhoeal diseases, most of which could be prevented simply through access to clean water. A child dies every 90 seconds from a water-related disease.
Water Fact #5 – Progress is occurring…slowly
Now for some good news: progress is being made in giving more people access to clean drinking water. Since 1990, 2.6 billion people have been given access to clean water, raising the global percentage to 91%. And, thankfully, that number is still growing every year. For example, in Sub-Saharan Africa (one of the worst areas for unclean water), 427 million have gained access to clean water since 1990.
Yes, progress is being made, and we should be thankful for that progress. But it is also crucial that we continue to push forward clean water initiatives.