May 8, 2010
Turn on tap full. Let water run. Lather hands. Rinse with water. Turn off water. Dry hands.
Until this week the above is how I would always wash my hands. It has taken a major disaster and water shortage for me to realize that I’ve been doing it wrong all along.
Do you think about the water you waste?
Do you take long showers? I did. Do you flush the toilet after dropping a tissue in? I did.
This is not just a post for my friends in Nashville, it’s a post for everyone. Think about how much water you waste in a day.
Here are a few facts you should know from water.org:
- 3.575 million people die each year from water-related disease. (10)
- 43% of water-related deaths are due to diarrhea. (10)
- 84% of water-related deaths are in children ages 0 – 14. (10)
- 98% of water-related deaths occur in the developing world. (10)
- 884 million people, lack access to safe water supplies, approximately one in eight people. (5)
- The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns. (1)
- At any given time, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from a water-related disease. (1)
- Less than 1% of the world’s fresh water (or about 0.007% of all water on earth) is readily accessible for direct human use. (11)
- An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the typical person living in a developing country slum uses in a whole day. (1)
- About a third of people without access to an improved water source live on less than $1 a day. More than two thirds of people without an improved water source live on less than $2 a day. (1)
- Poor people living in the slums often pay 5-10 times more per liter of water than wealthy people living in the same city. (1)
- Without food a person can live for weeks, but without water you can expect to live only a few days. (4)
- The daily requirement for sanitation, bathing, and cooking needs, as well as for assuring survival, is about 13.2 gallons per person. (3)
Photo from Flickr by: malla_mi
Are you rethinking water too?