Water Scarcity

The Global Water Crisis

The Global Water Crisis

Currently, nearly 1 billion people don't have access to clean, safe drinking water. Still, we take it for granted. We waste it, and even pay too much money to drink it from small plastic bottles. This has become a problem called the Global Water Crisis.

Water Usage

The water used in the production of things we use everyday such as clothes, paper, cotton, etc., amounts to about 167 liters daily. Water used in the production of our food amounts to 3,496 liters per person daily. The massive amounts of water going into the production of these items is called Virtual Water and no one even notices it.

Waterborne Diseases

Waterborne Diseases are caused by pathogenic microorganisms that most commonly are transmitted in contaminated fresh water. Infection commonly results during bathing, washing, drinking, in the preparation of food, or the consumption of food thus infected. Various forms of waterborne diarrheal disease probably are the most prominent examples, and affect mainly children in developing countries; according to the World Health Organization, such diseases account for an estimated 3.6% of the total DALY global burden of disease, and cause about 1.5 million human deaths annually.
Sources:


The World Counts - http://www.theworldcounts.com/stories/average-daily-water-usage

The Water Project - https://thewaterproject.org/water-scarcity


by: Matthew Miller - 9/15/2016