Where We Get Our Facts

1.8 billion people around the world don't have access to safe water

Source: UNC Water Institute Study

200 million hours are lost each day by women and girls due to sourcing water

Source: United Nations

2.4 billion people around the world don’t have access to safe sanitation

Source: World Health Organization (WHO)

3.4 million people die each year from water-related diseases

Source: World Health Organization (WHO)

840,000 diarrheal deaths occur each year

Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)

Equal participation of men and women during all steps of development of community water and sanitation programs (planning, operations and maintenance) leads to greater levels of sustainable services.

Source: World Bank

Over 500,000 children died last year from water-related diseases

Source: UNICEF

Women and girls often spend up to six hours per day collecting water

Source: United Nations Water

Women and girls without toilets spend over 250 million hours a day looking for a place to go

Source: WaterAid, with original calculations from WHO/UNICEF (2012), Hutton 2012 & European Union Labour Force Survey (2011).

Country-level water and sanitation facts

Source: WHO and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme

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