Africa Water Crisis

World Water Facts

World Water Facts

Posted on March 10, 2010 by Sue Sprenkle

Posted March 10, 2010

World Water Facts

- An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the typical person living in a developing country’s slum uses in a whole day. (UNDHP)

- 1 billion people in the world do not have access to safe water. This is roughly one in eight of the world’s population. In Africa, two out of five people lack clean water. (WHO/UNICEF)

- The average North American uses 158.5 gallons of water a day. The average person in the developing world uses 2.6 – 5.2 gallons a day for drinking, washing and cooking. (HDR)

- The average weight of water women in Africa carry on their heads is 50 pounds, the same as the average airport checked luggage allowance. (HDR)

- Every year there are 4 billion cases of diarrhea as a direct result of drinking contaminated water – resulting in 2.2 million deaths each year. This is equivalent to 20 jumbo jets crashing every day. (WHO)

- 98 percent of water-related deaths occur in the developing world (WHO)

- 1.4 million children die every year from diarrhea caused by unclean water and poor sanitation. That’s 4,000 child deaths a day or one child every 20 seconds. (UNICEF)

- About 2 in 3 people lacking access to clean water survive on less than $2 per day, with 1 in 3 living on less than $1. (WHO)

- The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns. (UNDHP)

- 84 percent of water related deaths are in children ages 0-14. (WHO)

13 Responses to “World Water Facts”

  1. Cierra says:

    Awwe i fell so bad for them.

  2. Laurian Kahatano says:

    I’m writing from Tanzania East Africa, the facts about water are scaring me alot I think more death will increase if the world will not address population issue as the main cause of water related polutants. You can imagine the power which the world is trying to use to fight terrorist and clean the terrors in world history! the aim is to have world peaceful communities. How if the same enegry can be reversed to safe and clean water programme to Africa and other continent like Africa.

  3. Yasmeen says:

    makes me sooo sad. i wish for world peace. if we had that then we could consentrate on fixing problems like these.

  4. this is useful information for our project. we are trying to get the word out to colorado and raise cash for water pumps.

  5. Rose Marie says:

    If we wait for World Peace the help will never come, but
    if we help now and solve the water crises, one village at a time, with perseverance, World Peace may follow.

  6. Mikayla says:

    The thing that gets me most is the children…. And that the government of the United States can send money to the east coast after a hurricane, but cant send water, the simple thing needed for life to places that truly need it… But i’ve been taught that things happen in God’s time, not ours…

  7. Doc says:

    @Mikayla Waiting for some god or another to do something will, inevitably, result in nothing being done. The only actions in this world are taken by people, for better or for worse.

  8. Aly says:

    This is really sad. I was researching he water crisis for a project and I found this. Its really sad, and we need to help. Donating to H2O for life could help the. google it. We need to help Africa, they are greatly in nee.

  9. Rafiah karma says:

    I wish the talented young people more of them would put their energy into the field of science to find solutions this this very serious problem. We need their inventive abilities exchange microphones for microscopes for a change. We are losi g much of our young talent to superficial fields of work that do not aid the needy of our global community.

  10. Kameron says:

    The fact that thousands of people live like this everyday is inhumane.

  11. Zacchaeus, U says:

    I think most developing countries still do not realize that the water crisis is a timebomb and therefore take it for granted.It requires total commitment on the part of government to get this problem resolved.The political leaders should be passionate about the basic human right to water and sanitation as enshrined in the United Nations Economic,Social and Cultural Rights General Convention No.15 (2002, WHO General Assembly (July,2010)and United Nations General Assembly Resolutions (November,2010)on human rights to water.How I wish other men of God and the rich would emulate Pastor T.B Josuah of Nigeria. May GOD help us.

  12. Joshua W. says:

    I wish we could do something about this. :’(

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