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WHERE IS ALL THE WATER? ACCORDING TO THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION: That leaves 1.1 billion SALTWATER DOMINATES MOST FRESHWATER EARTH'S SUPPLY: IS UNATTAINABLE: people without access 97.5% 70% to clean water. IS FROZEN IN SALTWATER POLAR ICECAPS 441114 2.5% 30% LIES UNDERGROUND FRESHWATER (most of which is too expensive to tap into and filter) THAT'S ABOUT ONE IN SIX PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. LESS THAN 1% of the world's freshwater is HOW DOES WATER GET CONTAMINATED? available for human consumption Lack of sanitation is the world's biggest culprit of infection. Water-related diseases are most commonly caused by harmful micro-organisms and chemicals that get into the drinking water supply. ACCESS TO SAFE DRINKING WATER BY REGION 2 MILLI N TANS EVERY DAY Only a little more than half of the Sub-Saharan African population of industrial and agricultural waste are poured into the earth's waters. The has access to safe drinking water. The United Nations estimates Embarrassing that in close to 15 years, approximately 48 nations-like those in Africa-will face freshwater scarcity. Lack of Clean Water Access 10% APPROXIMATELY of the global in the World population is ingesting food grown using unsanitary According to the United irrigation and fertilization wastewater. Nations, unsanitary water kills more people worldwide CHILDREN ARE MOST AFFECTED than war. As the precious 100% water supply dwindles, 87% 85% 86% Every 20 seconds 76% it may prove to be more than just a crisis for 57% a child dies from a water-borne illness. developing countries. Worldwide, 88 percent of diarrhea cases can be blamed on unsanitary water. And children under Sub-Saharan Middle East / East Asia / South Asia Latin America / Industrialized the age of five comprise 90 percent of deaths from diarrhea-related diseases. It's the leading cause Africa North Africa Pacific Caribbean Countries SOURCES: WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (PERCENT OF POPULATION) of death in this age group. CLEANWATERFORTHEWORLD.ORG WATER.ORG | WATERINFO.ORG WORLDWATER.ORG | UNICEF.ORG A COLLABORATION BETWEEN GOOD AND COLUMN FIVE UN.ORG WATED SAFE

Water Down

shared by ColumnFive on Jul 06
According to the United Nations, unsanitary water kills more people worldwide than war. As the precious water supply dwindles, it may prove to be more than just a crisis for developing countries.



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