Time, Water and Poverty

Almost two thirds of people lacking access to clean water live on less than $2 per day

In Africa, an estimated 5% of a country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is lost due to illnesses and deaths caused by dirty water and inadequate sanitation. It’s also estimated that 443 million school days are lost each year to preventable water-related diseases.

In a survey conducted by UNICEF and the World Health Organization of 25 countries, it was found that women spend an estimated combined total of 16 million hours each day collecting water, with children spending about 4 million hours.

Valuable hours that could instead be dedicated to school, household duties or income-generating activities.

Working to help solve the world’s water crisis is good investment. On average, every dollar (U.S.) spent on clean water and sanitation translates to a return of $9 in costs averted and productivity gained.

More Facts about Time & Poverty:


When young children are able to focus on their education, they’re more likely to get jobs when they’re older, contribute to the community & re-invest in health and water for the next generation.


On any given day, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from a disease caused by unsafe water or poor hygiene and sanitation.


Lack of clean water and sanitation creates lifecycles of disadvantage, with illness and lost educational opportunities in childhood leading to poverty in adulthood.

What can you do?

Conserve water at home, school or in your community

 Help bring clean water to more people

 Spread the word!

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