Water is the most precious resource known to man and is a basic necessity. Without access to clean, bacteria-free water, our lives would be dramatically different. We would spend countless hours searching for potable water each day. As a result, we would run the risk of contending with sickness and disease from tainted water supplies.
We are blessed with clean water and enjoy many luxuries because of it. Yet, in many parts of the world, such as Zambia, people struggle each day to find clean drinking water just to survive. Can you imagine that?
Consider these points
- 884 million people do not have access to clean water
- 4 billion cases of diarrhea are recorded each year as a direct result of drinking contaminated water
- 7 miles: the distance walked by women to collect dirty, polluted water during the dry season
- 5,000 children worldwide, under the age of 5, die every day because they lack clean water
- Population of 14,309,466
- 43 years is average life expectancy
- $1,070.00 is average yearly income
- 40% of the population is using an unsanitary water source