These 15 Mind-Numbing Facts About Water Scarcity Will Compel You To Save Water Today

Water scarcity is a leading first world problem today. It threatens the existence of human race on this planet and still not enough of us care about it. Why? It baffles and stuns me when I see how carelessly and in vain, we humans waste water, pollute water bodies and use it unnecessarily. Now, for years, people, organisations, world leaders have tried playing their parts for spreading awareness about water scarcity and how to save it but, as adamant as we humans are, we never really cared about it. Typical humans, needless to say. We’re the most selfish species on the face of Earth, and all we care about is ourselves. Why aren’t we concerned about the generations to come? About their future? About how will they ever replicate water or survive without it? It’s alarming that majority of us are well aware of the importance of water and its scarcity yet, do not care about these life altering threats at all.

Here are a few life changing and mind-numbing facts about water scarcity that every human should know!

#1 Unclean water

#1 Unclean water

663 million people in the world (that are one in ten) do not have access to clean water.

Source – www.who.int

#2 Deaths

#2 Deaths

Every minute, a newborn baby dies from infection caused by lack of safe water and an unclean environment.
Source – WHO Reports, 2015

#3 Diseases

#3 Diseases

Around 289,000 children, under the age of five, die every year from diarrheal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That’s almost 800 children per day, or one child every two minutes.

Source: www.washwatch.org

#4 Deterioration

#4 Deterioration

At current rates of progress, everyone in low and middle-income countries would not have access to clean water until 2057 i.e. 27 years behind schedule.

Source: WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Report 2015

#5 Women and work

#5 Women and work

In African countries, 90% of the work of gathering water is performed by women and girls. They often spend up to 6 hours a day fetching water.

Source: UN Water and Gender Fact Sheet

#6 Equality needed

#6 Equality needed

If women had the same access to productive resources as men, including water, then women could potentially increase yields on their farms by 20-30% and lift 150 million people out of hunger.

Source: UN Water and Gender Fact Sheet.

#7 More deaths

#7 More deaths

Approximately 3.5 million people die every year due to inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene.

Source: UN Water Quality Fact Sheet 2013.

#8 Increasing consumption

#8 Increasing consumption

Water usage has been growing at more than twice the rate of population growth in the last century.

Source: UN Water Scarcity Fact sheet 2013.

#9 Sewage discharge

#9 Sewage discharge

It is estimated that about 80% of sewage in developing countries is discharged untreated, directly into the water bodies.

Source: UN Water Quality Fact Sheet 2013.

#10 Increasing diseases

#10 Increasing diseases 

The number of cholera cases in the decade of 2000–2010 increased by 130 %, it was reported.The risk that cholera comes with will likely increase worldwide due to the growing population living in peri-urban slums and refugee camps. This, in turn, increases the number of people exposed to the impacts of humanitarian crises.

Source: World Water Development Report 2012

# 11 Meat Industry

# 11 Meat Industry

A crucial part in water scarcity is played by the current pressure created on water resources that comes from increasing demands for animal feed requirements. Meat production requires 8-10 times more water than cereal production.

Source: World Water Development Report 2012

#12 2025

#12 2025

By 2025, nearly 2 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water shortage. Here, water resources per person will fall below the recommended level of 500 cubic meters per year. A person needs a minimum of this amount of water for leading a healthy and hygienic life.

Source: World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP)

#13 Minimum water requirements

#13 Minimum water requirements

According to the UN, each person needs about 20-50 liters of water per day to meet their basic needs for drinking, cooking and cleaning.

Source: World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP)

#14 Diarrhoe

#14 Diarrhoe 

If everyone, everywhere in the world somehow had access to clean and safe water, the number of diarrhoeal deaths would reduce by 34%.

Source : WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) Report 2015

#15 Healthcare

#15 Healthcare

42% of healthcare facilities in Africa do not have access to safe water.

Source: WHO/UNICEF, 2015

Let’s come together and save water today so that our future generations will not have to fight this life threatening issue. We owe it to the Mother Earth! Come be a part of WittyFeed’s #SaveWater364Days Campaign today!

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