Water Facts & Concerns


On average, every US dollar invested in water and sanitation provides an economic return of eight US dollars.

On our blue planet, 97.5% of the water is saltwater, unfit for human use.

3.575 million people die each year from water-related disease.

43% of water-related deaths are due to diarrhea.

84% of water-related deaths are in children ages 0 - 14.

884 million people lack access to safe water supplies, approximately one in eight people.

The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns.

Less than 1% of the world's fresh water (or about 0.007% of all water on earth) is readily accessible for direct human use.

Without food a person can live for weeks, but without water you can expect to live only a few days.

The daily requirement for sanitation, bathing and cooking needs, as well as for assuring survival, is about 13.2 gallons per person.

Lack of sanitation is the world's biggest cause of infection.

Every 15 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease.

1.4 million children die as a result of diarrhea each year.

The majority of freshwater is beyond our reach, locked into polar snow and ice.