WATER MATTERS   

In 2010, the United Nations declared access to clean water and sanitation a Human Right

The Global Water Crisis :

  • 783 million people (1 in 9 of us) do not have access to clean, drinking water
  • More than 3.5 million people die every year from lack of safe water and sanitation - 99% of these deaths occur in the developing world
  • 80% of all sickness and disease worldwide is related to contaminated water

Women and Children are Most Affected:

  • Every 20 seconds a child under 5 dies from a water-related illness
  • Diarrhea is the leading cause of death in children under 5
  • Women spend 200 million hours a day collecting water. This is time not spent with their families, doing productive work or being in school

In India, the situation is particularly dire :

  • 65% of the population lacks ready access to quality drinking water
  • Diarrhea claims 450,000 lives every year
  • Patients suffering from waterborne diseases occupy 80% of all hospital beds
  • Majority of water illnesses are caused by fecal matter because sanitation services are so poor
  • Women spend an average of 6 hours per day collecting water
  • Orissa is one of India’s poorest states and its villages are in urgent need of clean water

UN Millenium Development Goal 7 calls to "halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation".