Every day, almost 2.000 children under the age of five die because of unsafe water.
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Worldwide, there are over 780 million people without access to an improved
drinking water source. An additional 1.5 billion people just have limited access to
safe drinking water.
In developing countries, drinking water is often contaminated with coliform bacteria, viruses, and other kinds of harmful pathogens.
In developing countries, 80% of all diseases derive from contaminated drinking water.
Deforestation heavily affects groundwater levels and leads to a drying-out of vital water sources.
Over 50% of all hospital beds in developing countries are occupied by people suffering from waterborne diseases.
Many people get their drinking water from traditional sources such as
rivers and streams.
In Africa alone, woman and children may collectively spend up to 40
billion hours walking for water every year.
The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than
any current war claims through guns.
People often use the same river for defecation and as a source of drinking water.