Published on February 10, 2009
Fa ct 1 In sub-Saharan Africa, women spend 15-17 hrs/week collecting water. charity: water
Fa ct 2 443 million school days are lost each year due to water-related illnesses that keep children out of school and compromise their ability to learn when they do attend. http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/thecolberts/2246123957/
Fa ct 3 Each American uses enough water to ﬁll 1600 drinking glasses a day. http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/96dpi/2596853813/
Fa ct 4 Around 2.6 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation globally. charity: water
Fa ct 5 Nearly 14,980 gallons of water a year per household leaks down the drain & is never used in the US. http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/mowls/254719093/
Fa ct 6 Most of the 1.1 billion categorized as lacking access to clean water use about 1.3 gallons per day, less than one ﬂush of toilet in the U.S. charity: water
Fa ct 7 50% of all schools in the world don’t have freshwater or adequate sanitation. http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/overseas-development-institute/2642788348/
Fa ct 8 U.S. water consumption can reach 100 gallons per person, 8 times that of an Indian household. http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/tattoodjay/2520124095/sizes/l/
Fa ct 9 It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce a pound of coffee. http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/wiedmaier/370306321/
Fa ct 10 The amount of water used by a sprinkler in one hour is equal to the daily water needs of a family of four. http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/gapplewagen/755288392/
Fa ct 11 Diarrhea is the 2nd largest cause of child mortality. charity: water
Fa ct 12 A ﬁve minute shower uses 10-25 gallons of water. http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/pagedooley/2047183582/
Fa ct 13 On average, women in Africa and Asia walk 3.7 miles to collect water. charity: water
Fa ct 14 America uses 408 billion gallons a day http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/cyron/268886883/
Fa ct 15 The weight of water containers that women in Asia & Africa carry on their heads equals the baggage weight allowed by airlines. charity: water
Fa ct 16 In sub-Saharan Africa, a baby’s chance of dying from diarrhea is almost 520 times the chance of that in Europe or the United States. www.virtualworldsconnect.com
Fa ct 17 A child dies every 15 seconds of waterborne diseases. charity: water
Fa ct 18 80% of all sickness in the developing world is due to water-related disease. http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/worldbank/2765583605/
Fa ct 19 The simple act of washing hands at critical times can reduce the number of diarrheal cases by up to 35%. charity: water
Fa ct 20 98 percent of water-related deaths occur in the developing world. http://ﬂickr.com/photos/istargazer/217983687/
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