Five facts that illustrate the severity of the global water issue and why Blog Action Day 2010 is an opportunity to educate and raise awareness about the problem:
Unsafe drinking water and lack of sanitation kills more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Unclean drinking water can incubate some pretty scary diseases, like E. coli, salmonella, cholera and hepatitis A.Earlier this year, the UN declared access to clean water a human right. These facts are a wake up call for those of us with regular access to clean, safe water. Just $20 will give a person 20 years of clean water. charity : water donates 100% of the money raised to those in need.
The average American uses 159 gallons of water every day – more than 15 times the average person in the developing world. From showering and washing our hands to watering our lawns and washing our cars, Americans use a lot of water. To put things into perspective, the average five-minute shower will use about 10 gallons of water. Now imagine using that same amount to bathe, wash your clothes, cook your meals and quench your thirst.