The Facts

Did You Know?

  • water-lid-sm1 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.
  • 3.4 million people die each year from a water-related disease due to lack of clean water.
  • Every 21 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illness.  That’s over 4,000 child deaths every day.
  • 98 percent of water-related deaths occur in the developing world
  • 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.
  • The average North American uses 158.5 gallons of water a day (13 gallons in just flushing toilets) . The average person in the developing world uses 2.5 gallons a day for drinking, washing and cooking.
  • 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.
  • The average weight of water women in Africa carry on their heads is 40 pounds, roughly equivalent to the average airport checked luggage allowance.