Drinking water shortage
It hardly ever occurs to us, but "water" also has its limits, especially drinking water. Since 1975 the demand for water has doubled worldwide. We produce, harvest and draw water at a great pace to feed, dress and provide with comfort the rising number of people on our planet.
As a result, the pressure on a scarce but indispensable and vital resource increases steadily. The lack of pure potable water is a fact for approximately 900 million people!
Every day 20.000 up to 30.000 people die from lack of pure water, that’s one every 8 seconds. Many of these are children. In the Least Developed Countries 30 to 50% of infant mortality is caused by a lack of pure water.
Worldwide, 80% of diseases are due to a lack of pure water and good sanitation and hygiene: consequently, among other things, 250 to 300 million working days are lost annually.
- Two up to three billion man- (generally woman-) days get lost annually to the search for water. The accompanying production loss is estimated on approximately 5 billion euro.
- In countries such as Bolivia, during the dry season schools close in the morning because the children go and get water for the family. Women in West-Africa cannot develop activities of their own because every day they spend hours walking for water .