Water Crisis

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The Facts

Over 700 MILLION PEOPLE do not have access to sanitary drinking water

1000 CHILDREN DIE EACH DAY as a result of drinking contaminated water.

NUMEROUS DISEASES & PARASITES contracted from dirty water, including Cholera, Schistosomiasis, and Guinea Worm (which this boy just had removed)

If a jumbo jet crashed EVERY HOUR AND A HALF FOR 365 DAYS A YEAR, it would be EQUIVALENT to the deaths from the water crisis

Water Availability

Because a large content of our fresh water is glacial or groundwater, people must make use of these waters for their drinking, bathing, cleaning, and agricultural purposes. Especially in African countries, people have less surface fresh water clean and readily available. They must gain access to ground water in some way to stay healthy, but they cannot do it themselves. Instead, they have to drink contaminated water from polluted lakes, rivers, streams, or often just a small hole in the ground.

Most Affected


Children, commonly between ages 8-13 are among the most affected. Without fully developed bodies, they can suffer spinal and pelvic deformities easily from carrying 44 pound jerry cans on their heads. They also miss out on their education because of their 6-8 hours of walking, which leads to less future job opportunities.


Women and girls of all ages are often the people tasked with retrieving water for their families. They usually cannot get jobs to provide for their families because they don't have time. Carrying water is physically demanding on women, as it is for children. This can lead to a large amount of spontaneous miscarriages among pregnant women.


Seniors have an increased likelihood of developing preexisting conditions across the globe. These can include issues that throw off balance and physical maintenance. 3.75 miles (approx. 66 football fields) with 44 pounds of water is very complicated for this older population.

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Title: Water Crisis

Author: Bryce McHose

Date of publication: 11/30/2020

Last edited: 10/29/2021

City of publication: Williamsburg, VA

Publisher / Website Name / Group Name: Williamsburg Area Thirst Project

URL / Web Address: wathirstproject.org/learn/water-crisis

Last fact-checked on 10/29/2022.