Bringing clean water and sanitation
to people around the globe
one village at a time
|Posted by drinkwaterforlife on October 15, 2010 at 7:33 PM|
All around the world, people are blogging about water today. Here are some of the water facts that you may see:
Unsafe drinking water and lack of sanitation kills more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Unclean drinking water can incubate some pretty scary diseases, like E.coli, salmonella, cholera and hepatitis A. Given that bouquet of bacteria, it's no surprise that water, or rather lack thereof, causes42,000 deaths each week.
More people have access to a cell phone than to a toilet.Today, 2.5 billion people lack access to toilets. This means that sewage spills into rivers and streams, contaminating drinking water andcausing disease.
Every day, women and children in Africa walk a combined total of 109 million hours to get water.They do this while carrying cisterns weighing around 40 pounds when filled in order to gather water that, in many cases, is still polluted. Aside from putting a great deal of strain on their bodies, walking suchlong distances keeps children out of school and women away from other endeavors that can help improve the quality of life in their communities.
It takes 6.3 gallons of water to produce just one hamburger.That 6.3 gallons covers everything from watering the wheat for the bunand providing water for the cow to cooking the patty and baking thebun. And that's just one meal! It would take over 184 billion gallonsof water to make just one hamburger for every person in the United States.
The average American uses 159 gallons of water every day – more than 15 times the average person in the developing world.From showering and washing our hands to watering our lawns and washingour cars, Americans use a lot of water. To put things into perspective,the average five-minute shower will use about 10 gallons of water. Now imagine using that same amount to bathe, wash your clothes, cook your meals and quench your thirst.