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  • The World Health Organization estimates that 884 million people lack access to safe water.(WHO – WSSCC 2008)
  • Contaminated water is responsible for life threatening diseases such as cholera, typhoid, dysentery, hepatitis, and giardia.
  • At any time, patients suffering from water-borne diseases occupy half of the world's hospital beds.(WSSCC 2004)
  • The World Health Organization estimates that 2.2 million people die every year from diarrheal diseases related to water, approximately 1.5 million are children under the age of five. (UNICEF-WHO 2008)
  • 4,000 children die each day due to unsafe water and poor sanitation, which means a child dies every 22 seconds. (WHO 2004)
  • Most water-borne diseases are preventable.
  • The World Health Organization states that 13 gallons per day is required and should be considered a human right (WHO 2004); the World Water Council says the minimum for drinking, cooking and basic hygiene is 5 gallons per day, yet the average person in sub-Sahara Africa has access to 3 to 5 gallons per day. (WWC 2000)
  • The average American residential water use is 100 gallons per person per day. (EPA 2008)​

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