Why Do We Do What We Do?

Every 15 Seconds . . .

  • Every 15 seconds a child dies from a water-borne disease.
  • Millions of women and children in developing countries around the world spend several hours per day collecting water from contaminated rivers, lakes and open wells.
  • People can’t live without water, but too many of them will die from it.
  • Approximately 1.8 million people die every year from diarrheal diseases including cholera as a result of drinking contaminated water.
  • Approximately 4900 people die each day.
  • Ninety percent of those are children under age five, mostly in developing countries.
  • For children under the age of five, water-related diseases are the leading cause of death.
  • According to the World Health Organization, 1.1 billion people worldwide lack access to clean water—that’s approximately one in six people on earth.
  • Furthermore, less than 1% of the world’s fresh water is readily accessible for human use.