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Global Water Facts:

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Malawi - During the dry season women dig holes in the bottom of dry river beds to get water.
WATER FIRST is a documentary film that aims to raise awareness of the need to prioritize water in achieving all of the 8 UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Why should water be first?

WATER FACTS:


  • Over 4,000 children die from preventable water-related diseases every day - primarily because they can't afford clean drinking water
  • Over 1.1 billion people lack access to clean water
  • Over 2.6 billion people lack adequate sanitation
  • More children die of water related disease than any other cause of death, including AIDS and the violence of war.
  • In Africa, over 300 million people do not have access to clean water.

    Of all the water in the world

  • 97% is salt water
  • 2% is locked in polar ice caps
  • 1% is fresh, and includes all the lakes, rivers, streams and aquifers – and over half of that is polluted.

    Of that precious 1%, our annual usage is as follows:

    • 70% is used for agriculture
    • 20% is used for industry
    • 10% is used for all other human uses.

    WE ARE USING FRESH WATER AT TWICE THE RATE IT IS BEING REPLENISHED BY NATURE

    • Americans use over 100 gallons per person per day (Significantly more than anyone else in the world)
    • 1 flush of our toilet (3-7 gallons) uses more water than the average person in a developing country has access to all day.

    Most humans cannot survive more than 3 days without water

    • Our bodies are 70% water
    • Our planet is 70% water

     

    For more information on global water facts, please refer to the World Health Organization.


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