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Water Facts

Water Facts


  • More than 3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene-related causes. Nearly all deaths, 99 percent, occur in the developing world.

  • Lack of access to clean water and sanitation kills children at a rate equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing every four hours.

  • Of the 60 million people added to the world's towns and cities every year, most move to informal settlements (i.e. slums) with no sanitation facilities.

  • 780 million people lack access to an improved water source; approximately one in nine people.

  • "[The water and sanitation] crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns."

  • An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country slum uses for an entire day.

  • Over 2.5X more people lack water than live in the United States.

  • More people have a mobile phone than a toilet.

  • Water Facts source : water.org
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