Why Water?

A Devastating World Health Crisis

Lack of clean water, lack of sanitation, and unfamiliarity with good hygiene practices kill more people every year than all acts of war and violence, auto accidents, and HIV/AIDS combined.

people have only dirty water to drink

884,000,000

people do not have access to clean water

Water is essential for life.
Safe water is the basis for human health and wellbeing and the foundation to healthy economies and communities.

Unsafe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Practices…

Result in a Staggering Number of Illnesses and Deaths

  • Each year, almost one million deaths are attributed to unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene practices. (Source)
  • Diarrheal disease is the second leading cause of death in children under the age of five. Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related illness. These illnesses are preventable and treatable(Source)
  • 2.4 billion people have no access to basic sanitation. (Source)
  • Globally, an estimated 2 billion people use a drinking water source contaminated with feces. (Source)

… And Directly Contribute To Perpetual Economic Hardship

  • When a parent is sick, productive work and income is lost.
  • When a child is sick, school is missed. Persistent illnesses impact physical and mental development and result in significant and long-term consequences to the child’s future.
  • 443 million school days are lost each year due to water-related diseases. (Source)
  • Patients suffering from waterborne diseases occupy 50% of all hospital beds in the developing world. (Source)
  • Repeated diarrheal diseases take a lifelong toll on health, productivity, and longevity, and perpetuate a cycle of endless poverty.

    Boy Collecting Dirty Water

Safe water is medicine.
It saves lives. It brings new hope and establishes the foundation for real change.

Sustainable, cost-effective solutions exist to provide safe water to everyone.

Learn more about our safe water solutions and education programs that are creating lasting change.

 

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