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97 per cent of the earth's water is found in oceans.


Three per cent of the earth's water is fresh.


More than three quarters of the world's fresh water is not available because it is locked in ice caps, is inaccessible or is polluted.


If the world's water supply were only 100 litres, our usable amount of fresh water would be only about 0.003 of a litre, enough to fill half a teaspoon.


One litre of spilled petrol can pollute 750,000 litres of water.




1.1 billion people in the world do not have access to safe drinking water, roughly one-sixth of the world's population.


Half of the world's hospital beds are filled with people suffering from water related illnesses.


50 percent of people on earth lack adequate sanitation. Another way to look at it: Nearly half of the world's population fails to receive the level of water services available 2,000 years ago to the citizens of ancient Rome.


The average distance that women in Africa and Asia walk to collect water is six kilometers.


Tens of millions of children cannot go to school as they must fetch water every day.


80 percent of diseases in the developing world are caused by contaminated water.


The average American uses 100 to 175 gallons of water per day.


The average African Family uses 5 gallons per day.


It takes 5 liters of water to make 1 liter of bottled water.


Almost 70 percent of the available fresh water gets used for irrigation in agriculture.


More than half of the water used for irrigation leaks, evaporates or runs off.


It takes 2,900 gallons of water to produce one quarter pound hamburger (just the meat).


If we did nothing other than provide access to clean water, without any other medical intervention, we could save 2 million lives a year.


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


In 1998, 308,000 people died from war in Africa, but more than two million (six times as many) died from diarrheal disease.


Every $1 spent on water and sanitation generates a return of $9 in saved time, increased productivity and reduced health costs in Africa. -- United Nations Development Program


Water is a $400 billion dollar global industry; the third largest behind electricity and oil.


The UN estimates it would cost an additional $30 billion to provide access to safe water to the entire planet. That’s a third of what the world spends in a year on bottled water.




20 percent of freshwater fish species have been pushed to the edge of extinction from contaminated water.


Half of the world’s 500 major rivers are seriously depleted or polluted.


The water we drink today is the same water the dinosaurs drank—there is no new water.


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Taken on May 7, 2011