Global Water Facts:
WATER FIRST is a documentary film that aims to raise awareness of the need to prioritize water in achieving all of the 8 UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Why should water be first?
Malawi - During the dry season women dig holes in the bottom of dry river beds to get water.
- Over 4,000 children die from preventable water-related diseases every day - primarily because they can't afford clean drinking water
- Over 1.1 billion people lack access to clean water
- Over 2.6 billion people lack adequate sanitation
- More children die of water related disease than any other cause of death, including AIDS and the violence of war.
- In Africa, over 300 million people do not have access to clean water.
Of all the water in the world
- 97% is salt water
- 2% is locked in polar ice caps
- 1% is fresh, and includes all the lakes, rivers, streams and aquifers and over half of that is polluted.
Of that precious 1%, our annual usage is as follows:
- 70% is used for agriculture
- 20% is used for industry
- 10% is used for all other human uses.
WE ARE USING FRESH WATER AT TWICE THE RATE IT IS BEING REPLENISHED BY NATURE
- Americans use over 100 gallons per person per day (Significantly more than anyone else in the world)
- 1 flush of our toilet (3-7 gallons) uses more water than the average person in a developing country has access to all day.
Most humans cannot survive more than 3 days without water
- Our bodies are 70% water
- Our planet is 70% water
For more information on global water facts, please refer to the World Health Organization.
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