Before Mike and Kirk Douglas and teams of volunteers pulled their Lone Star drill into villages in Central America to dig wells, the lack of clean water caused a host of problems. Here’s a glimpse at the world’s water situation and the benefit of access to clean, safe water.
- The average North American uses more than 100 gallons of water daily, while the average person in a developing country uses about 2.6 gallons for drinking, washing and cooking.
- About 5,000 children die daily from diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation. That amounts to 1.8 million children each year.
- Water-related disease is the second biggest killer of children worldwide, behind acute respiratory infections, such as tuberculosis.
- Across the world, 783 million people do not have access to safe water.
- On any given day, half of the population in developing countries suffers from one or more of the main diseases associated with inadequate water and sanitation.
- Diarrheal diseases reduce by more than 40 percent simply by washing hands with clean soap and water.