A few facts about water shortage

From Fast Company…

  • Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease.
  • About 80% of sewage in developing countries is discharged untreated.
  • More people have cell phones than access to a decent toilet.
  • 3.6 million people die each year from water-related diseases.
  • Less than 1% of the world’s fresh water is readily accessible for direct human use.
  • The average American uses 100 gallons of water per day; the average African uses 12 gallons per day.
  • Millions of women and children spend several hours a day collecting water from distant, often polluted sources.

Think about that the next time you leave the water running in the bathroom as you walk around the house to brush your teeth. Think about that the next time you pop open a bottle of water.

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