Across the world, over a billion people (1/6th of the global population) lack access to safe water. Over 40 million people, 75% of whom are children, suffer from waterborne diseases everyday.
In developing countries, increased levels of population and affluence have drastically stressed ground water reserves, resulting in their contamination with various pollutants such as pathogens, fluoride and arsenic.
In India alone, each year 500,000 deaths result from diarrhea – the equivalent of EIGHT 200-seater jumbo jets crashing to the ground EACH DAY ! [www.water.org]
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Furthermore, the economic and social losses to productivity and wellbeing, particularly for the poor are staggering; according to according to Gary White, co-founder of www.water.org:
"In just one day, more than 200 million hours of women’s time is consumed for the most basic of human needs — collecting water for domestic use. This lost productivity is greater than the combined number of hours worked in a week by employees at Wal*Mart, United Parcel Service, McDonald’s, IBM, Target, and Kroger,"
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