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.