Why Water?

1 in 6 people in the world don’t have access to safe water

Nearly 1 BILLION people!

That’s like TWO AND A HALF United States!


Or, FOUR Brazils!




Imagine not knowing how far you’ll have to walk to reach water each day – or even if it will be clean. Imagine if you and your neighbours were unable to drink the water near your home because it could kill you.

Sometimes when we hear these numbers, we don’t realize just how many people face this reality every day.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, 1 in every 2 people live without a clean water source.

More facts about water:

At any given time, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from a water-related disease.

More people have died because of poor water and sanitation than those who have died by guns in war. In fact, every 20 seconds, a child under 5 dies from a water and sanitation related illness. That’s close to 5,000 children a day!

While basic needs vary, the minimum threshold of water use is 20 litres per day. Factoring in bathing and laundry needs would increase this to 50 litres per day.

Most of the nearly 1 billion people lacking access to clean water live on about 5 litres of water a day. That’s about one tenth of the amount needed to flush a standard toilet.

A five minute shower using a standard showerhead uses approximately 100 litres of water. Installing a low-flow version would help reduce water usage to 35 litres for the same five minute shower.

What can you do?

Conserve water at home, school or in your community

 Help bring clean water to more people

 Spread the word and join the school challenge!