Water Saturday Night Live.

Water crisis.

A few facts to keep you updated on one of the most serious, and underestimated, contemporary crisis.

Statistically, 70% of our planet is covered by water. Only 2.5% of it that is freshwater.

It is estimated than more than 1.2 billion people lack access to clean drinking water. 2.8 billion people worldwide experience water scarcity at least one month per year.

More than 840,000 people die each year of water related diseases. Such include malaria, cholera, diarrhoea, dysentery or anaemia.

One in five deaths of children under 5 years old is caused by a water-related disease.

Actually, half of the world’s hospital patients suffer from a water-related disease.

750 million people lack access to clean water, which is one in nine people. Globally.

In rural areas, where the water shortage is especially pronounced, mainly women and children carry the burden of supplying water to the household. That includes walking miles to obtain it, every day.

More than halve of world’s wetlands are gone. Primarily because we use 70% of water supplies for agriculture and only 10% on domestic use. Because of that, regions like Sub-Saharian Africa loose 4.3% of their GDP annually because of the lack of water supplies.

Interestingly, for every $1 spent on sanitation and water, there is a $4 return.

That means that solving the water crisis can end the cycle of poverty, for instance by bringing girls back to schools.

With the current water consumption, by 2025, 2/3 of world’s population may face some kind of water shortage. However, in 2011 for instance, only 6% of international aid was aimed at solving the water crisis.

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