Good ol’ H2O. You probably know that over half the human body is made of water, and that over 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered in it, but did you know that there are 750 million people all over the world without access to safe drinking water? Or that more people have a cell phone than adequate sanitation, like a toilet?
It’s time for those numbers to change.
For every person that signs up for Tab for a Cause over the next two weeks we’re giving an extra $.25 to our partner Water.org in support of their #GiveSummer campaign. Because a family with clean water is a family where kids can spend less time searching for something to drink and more time being kids. Why is water so great? Read on to find out.
Some Water Facts are Fun
It takes 18 gallons of water to grow one apple.
In the middle ages some people consumed more beer than water because the alcohol made it safer.
1% of the world’s water is drinkable.
And Some Facts are Scary
In developing countries, women and children spend 140 million hours each day collecting water rather than going to school, caring for family members, or earning income.
Water-related diseases claim 842,000 people worldwide every year.
82% of people who don’t have access to safe water live in rural areas.
Dollars and Cents
In 2011 only 6% of international aid went towards providing safe drinking water and sanitation.
Universal access to safe water and sanitation would save $18.5 billion per year from deaths avoided and $32 billion from reductions in health care costs and increased productivity.
When given the opportunity, poor households spend significant portions of their income on sanitation investments.
Water.org has invested: $11.3 million in WaterCredit, a microfinancing program built to help people gain access to adequate santation. The global repayment rate is 99%.
Safe water means getting kids back to school, adults back to work and out of the hospital. Help the folks at Water.org bring sanitation and safe water to those who need it. Run a race, set up a bake sale, all in the name of universal water access. And join us in donating your hearts on Tab for a Cause to Water.org during this important campaign!
Written by Alessandra Aquilanti, Contributing Writer