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GLOBAL WATER FACTS

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Scarcity Amid Plenty

  • The world’s water consumption rate is doubling every 20 years, outpacing by two times the rate of population growth.
  • Despite being the most common substance on earth, 97% is seawater and unfit for human use. Two thirds is locked up in glaciers leaving only 1% of the earth’s water for human consumption; this 1% is increasingly reducing.
  • It is estimated that 97% of the earth’s unfrozen fresh water supply is groundwater.
    Demographics :

  • Since 1950 the world population has doubled and water use has tripled.
  • Only 20% of the world population enjoys access to running water: over one billion people in developing world have inadequate access to water.
  • The average individual uses 100 to 176 gallons of water per day; in contrast, the average African uses 15 gallon of water per day.
  • At least 1 billion people must walk 3 hours or more to obtain drinking water, individuals spend more than 4 hours a day walking to collect water from distant, often polluted sources.
    Health :

  • The United Nations estimates that by 2025 the world 30% of population in 50 countries will face water shortage.
  • The World Health Organization estimates that water related diseases account for 80% of all sicknesses in 3rd world countries and claim approximately 5 million lives each year.
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