sábado, 21 de agosto de 2010



  • Less than 1% of the world’s fresh water is readily accessible for direct human use.

  • Almost 1 billion people lack safe drinking water.

  • More than 1.4 billion children under age 5 die each year because of diarrheal diseases associated with contaminated drinking water—more than HIV/AIDS and malaria combined.

  • Every 20 seconds, a child in a developing country dies from a water-related illness.

  • Providing safe, clean, drinkable water can reduce deadly diseases by about 50%.

  • The daily per capita use of water in residential areas is: 350 liters in North America and Japan, 200 liters in Europe and 10-20 liters in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • An American taking a 5-min shower uses more water that the typical person living in a developing country slum uses in a day.

  • Waterborne diseases remain the leading cause of illness and death in the developing world.

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