Water Facts


The weight of water that women in Africa and Asia carry on their heads is commonly 20kg, the same as the average UK airport luggage allowance. (HDR) Wateraid
Europeans spend 10 billion Euros on ice-cream each year. Only 10 billion Euros each year are required to meet the Millennium Development goals. Water Treaty

Three Jerry Cans of water weigh as much as a baby giraffe. Water

The number of people who lack safe drinking water is down to 884 million from 1.1 billion in 2006. (New York: United Nations)

1 in 8 people in the world don't have access to clean drinking water. WHO/UNICEF Wateraid

The average UK consumer uses about 150 litres per day, the size of a large bath. BBC News Website

The average person in the developing world uses 10 litres of water every day, less than what we use to flush the toilet with just once. WSSCC Wateraid


More people in the world have a mobile phone than access to a toilet. . Water

1.8 million people die every year from diarrhoeal diseases (including cholera); 90% are children under 5, mostly in developing countries. WHO

Hygiene interventions including hygiene education and promotion of hand washing can lead to a reduction of diarrhoeal cases by up to 45%. WHO

Diarrhoea kills more children every year than AIDS, malaria and measles combined. (WHO) Wateraid 

In developing nations, approximately 90 percent of sewage systems are being emptied into rivers, lakes, and nearby streams that communities use for drinking water. Lifewater


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