• 783 million people in the world do not have access to safe water. This is roughly 11 percent of the world's population.
  • 2.5 billion people in the world do not have access to adequate sanitation, this is about 35 percent of the world's population.
  • Around 700,000 children die every year from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation – that's almost 2,000 children a day.
  • Access to sanitation in Sub-Saharan Africa is in fact declining, with only 31 percent of people able to access a toilet – 6 percent less than reported in 2006.
  • Lack of safe water and sanitation costs sub-Saharan Africa around 5 percent of its Gross Domestic Product each year.
  • Hand-washing with soap at critical times can reduce the incidence of diarrhea by up to 47 percent.
  • The integrated approach of providing water, sanitation and hygiene reduces the number of deaths caused by diarrheal diseases by an average of 65 percent.
  • Childhood malnutrition causes about 35 percent of all deaths of children under the age of five years worldwide; it is estimated that 50 percent of childhood malnutrition is associated with repeated diarrhea or intestinal infections as a result of unsafe water, inadequate sanitation or insufficient hygiene.
  • Poor access to water and sanitation accounts for 10 percent of the global disease burden.
  • The weight of water that women in Africa and Asia carry on their heads is commonly 40 pounds, the same as an airport luggage allowance.
  • Access to piped water into the household averages about 85 percent for the wealthiest 20 percent of the population, compared with 25 percent for the poorest 20 percent.
  • A mere 12 percent of the world’s population uses 85 percent of its water, and these 12 percent do not live in the Third World.
  • 5.9 billion people, or 87 percent of the world’s population, and 84 percent of the population living in the developing world now use drinking water from safer, improved sources. At current trends the world will meet or even exceed the water MDG target.  

The United States

The U.S. 2000 Census reveals that more than 1.7 million people in the United States, 670,986 households, still lack the basic plumbing facilities that most of us have come to take for granted. To some observers, these Americans may appear to be lost
or insignificant within the larger population, but the hardships they endure in their daily lives are very real.

One in four children in the Untied States will soon live below the poverty level.

For all facts regarding access to clean water in the United States, please visit: Win-Water.org