Sunday, January 22, 2012

884 million people lack access to safe water supplies; approximately one in eight people.5

3.575 million people die each year from water-related disease.11

The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns.1

People living in the slums often pay 5-10 times more per liter of water than wealthy people living in the same city.1

An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than a typical person in a developing country slum uses in a whole day. 1

Resource Links

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  1. 2006 United Nations Human Development Report.
  2. Number estimated from statistics in the 2006 United Nations Human Development Report.
  3. Asian Development Bank web site. 2009.
  4. The Discovery Channel web site. 2009.
  5. UNICEF/WHO. 2008. Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation: Special Focus on Sanitation.
  6. UN. 2007. International Year of Sanitation Global Launch
  7. UN Water. 2008. Gender, Water and Sanitation: A Policy Brief.
  8. UN Water. 2008. Tackling a Global Crisis: International Year of Sanitation 2008
  9. Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC). 2008. A Guide to Investigating One of the Biggest Scandals of the Last 50 Years.
  10. Rajesh Shah of Blue Planet Run Foundation.
  11. World Health Organization. 2008. Safer Water, Better Health: Costs, benefits, and sustainability of interventions to protect and promote health.
  12. World Health Organization Fact Sheet Health in Water Resources Development.
  13. Diarhhoea: Why children are still dying and what can be done. UNICEF, WHO 2009
  14. United Nations World Water Development Report, "Water in a Changing World"
  15. DfiD [Department for International Development] Sanitation Reference Group. 2008.
  16. 2004, Wastewater Use in Irrigated Agriculture

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