Blog Action Day: We’re Talking About Water

Today, over 4,000 bloggers from 130+ countries have signed up to spark a global discussion on a very important global issue – water. It’s called Blog Action Day. (Read more about it here & find other bloggers talking about it.)

Fast Facts

  • Over 1.1 billion people are without access to safe drinking water.
  • Every 21 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illness.
  • About 4,500 children die each day from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation facilities.
  • On average, women and girls in developing countries walk 6 kilometers a day, carrying 20 liters of water, greatly reducing the time they have for other productive work or for girls to attend school.
  • When a community gains access to clean water, its child mortality rate drops by half.
(Sources: World Vision, 2010 and UNICEF Children and water: global statistics, 2006)

What About Me?

  • The average American uses 100+ gallons of water per day
  • Millions of the world’s poorest subsist on fewer than 5 gallons per day
  • It takes 53 gallons to make every latte
  • The average faucet uses about 4 gallons of water per minute (brushing your teeth with it running uses about 8-12 gallons of water)
  • In the US we each drink an average of 200 bottles of water per year (17 million barrels of oil are needed to produce all the plastic water bottles we use in the U.S. each year — and, shockingly, 86 percent of them will never be recycled).

Clean water is definitely something we take for granted. Most of the time we don’t even notice how much we use. This is something we must become more aware of and we must work together to do something about.

And it is easy. Continue reading