The Global Water Crisis: An Update
Here’s some interesting statistics about drinking water, see how many you know:
- Almost 900,000,000 people lack access to fresh water, approximately one out of eight.
- Water and bad sanitation claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns.
- Nearly 3.6 million people die each year from water borne disease.
- 98% of those deaths occur in the developing world.
- Poor people living in the slums, often pay 5 to 10 times more per liter of water then wealthy people living in the same city.
- At any given time, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by people suffering from water borne disease.
- Every 15 seconds, a child dies from water related disease.
- On average, a child living in poverty carries 1000 parasitic worms in his or her body at any one time.
- Millions of women and children spend several hours a day collecting water from distant, often polluted sources.
So what does this do with water coolers? I think this kind of information lends perspective. As Americans we are completely oblivious to the water crisis occurring on this planet. Its severity is epic. Before this half of the century is over, there most certainly will be wars over water.
When we purchase those five dollar bottles of boutique water offered at popular hotels, it speaks to both the time and place that we’ve gotten to as a country.
If Americans began drinking filtered tap water instead of expensive bottled water and sent the money saved to developing nation’s water programs, the water crisis could be solved. Just by redirecting our water dollars we could enjoy the same wonderful beverage and help avert a global crisis…