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20 Shocking Facts About Global Water Crisis

Our world is swiftly running out of drinking water. Most of the largest lakes and rivers on the globe are being depleted at a very frightening pace, and many of the most important underground aquifers that we depend on to irrigate our crops will soon be gone. At this point, approximately 40 percent of the entire population of the planet has little or no access to clean water, and it is being projected that by 2025 two-thirds of humanity will live in “water-stressed” areas. So here’s 20 Facts You Should Know About the Global Water Crisis:


#1. 783 million people do not have access to clean and safe water. 37% of those people live in Sub-Saharan Africa.

#2. 1 in 9 people world wide do not have access to safe and clean drinking water.

#3. In developing countries, as much as 80% of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions.

#4. Over half of the developing world's primary schools don't have access to water and sanitation facilities. Without toilets, girls often drop out at puberty.

#5. By 2025, an estimated 1.8 billion people will live in areas plagued by water scarcity, with two-thirds of the world’s population living in water-stressed regions.

#6. Compared to today, five times as much land is likely to be under “extreme drought” by 2050.

#7. By 2025, more than two billion people worldwide rely on wells for their water.

#8. 84% of the people who don't have access to improved water, live in rural areas, where they live principally through subsistence agriculture.

#9. Globally we use 70% of our water sources for agriculture and irrigation, and only 10% on domestic uses.

#10. 443 million school days are lost each year due to water-related diseases.


#11. Half of the world's hospital beds are filled with people suffering from a water-related disease.

#12. 3.5 million people die each year from water-related disease.

#13. More than 80% of sewage in developing countries is discharged untreated, polluting rivers, lakes and coastal areas.

#14. 25-33% of Chinese do not have access to safe drinking water.

#15. By 2035, the world’s energy consumption will increase by 35 percent, which in turn will increase water use by 15 percent according to the International Energy Agency.

#16. There will be about 1 billion more mouths to feed worldwide by 2025 and global agriculture alone will require another 1 trillion cubic meters of water per year (equal to the annual flow of 20 Niles or 100 Colorado Rivers).

#17. Girls under the age of 15 are twice as likely as boys to be the family member responsible for fetching water.

#18. Every $1 spent on water and sanitation generates $8 as a result of saved time, increased productivity and reduced health care costs.

#19. For decades the Ogallala Aquifer in the United States, one of the world’s largest aquifers, has tapped at rates thousands of times greater than it is being restored.

#20. 46% of the globe’s (terrestrial) surface is covered by transboundary river basins which can lead to future conflicts over water.
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