It has been declared! World Water Week 2010! So here are a few stats, you may have heard some:
- At any one time, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from water-borne diseases.
- Over one-third of the world’s population has no access to sanitation facilities.
- In developing countries, about 80% of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions.
- 1 out of every 4 deaths under the age of 5 worldwide is due to a water-related disease.
- In developing countries, it is common for water collectors, usually women and girls, to have to walk several miles every day to fetch water. Once filled, pots and jerry cans weigh as much as 44lbs.
And with this info, here is why we MUST act:
- Only 1% of the total water resources on earth are available for human use. While 70% of the world’s surface is covered by water, 97.5% of that is salt water. Of the remaining 2.5% that is freshwater, almost 68.7% is frozen in ice caps and glaciers.
- Up to 30% of fresh water supplies are lost due to leakage in developed countries, and in some major cities, losses can run as high as 40% to 70%.
- About 90% of sewage and 70% of industrial wastes in developing countries are discharged into water courses without treatment, often polluting the usable water supply.
- A person living in Sub-Saharan Africa uses about 2.6-5.26 gallons of water a day; on average,an American uses 180 gallons a day.
We have THE cleanest, most abundant amount of water in the world and we take it for granted. Throughout my day as a husband, father, friend, manager, neighbor and citizen, I am a terrible steward with this resource.
With that said, I think we, as a group of people, need to combine our efforts and not only limit our abuse of this resource, but also to help those who don’t have the means to provide for themselves. I want to invite you to partner with Equitas, a thriving non-profit in Charlotte, NC that takes the call to action seriously. And so do I. In fact, it is because of Equitas that we are going to Malawi next week. So go to the website , follow them on Twitter, and more importantly, join this incredible, motivated organization in righting the wrongs of injustice across this globe.