Surprising Water Facts

Posted on Apr 3, 2016 in water

Surprising Water Facts

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Surprising Water Facts

  • 1.1 billion people lack access to an improved water supply – approximately one in six people on earth. (1)
  • 2.6 billion people in the world lack access to improved sanitation. (1)
  • 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. (2)

  • A person can live weeks without food, but only days without water. (3)
  • A person needs 4 to 5 gallons of water per day to survive. (4, 5)
  • The average American individual uses 100 to 176 gallons of water at home each day. (6, 7). The average African family uses about 5 gallons of water each day. (7)
  • Millions of women and children spend several hours a day collecting water from distant, often-polluted sources. (1)
  • Water systems fail at a rate of 50% or higher. (8, 9)
  • Every $1 spent on water and sanitation creates on average another $8 in costs averted

    and productivity gained. (1)

  • Almost two in three people lacking access to clean water live on less $2 a day. (1)
  • Poor people living in the slums often pay 5-10 times more for per liter of water than wealthy people living in the same city. (10)

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