- Every $1 invested in water and sanitation provides a $4 economic return.
- $260 billion is lost globally each year due to lack of safe water and sanitation.
- Universal access to safe water and sanitation would result in $18.5 billion in economic benefits each year from deaths avoided alone.
- Universal access to safe water and sanitation would result in $32 billion in economic benefits each year from reductions in health care costs and increased productivity from reduced illness.
- Time spent gathering water around the world translates to $24 billion in lost economic benefits each year.
Women & Children
- Women and children spend 125 million hours each day collecting water.
- Women and girls living without a toilet spend 266 million hours each day finding a place to go.
- Women and children bear the primary responsibility for water collection.
- Women and girls often spend up to 6 hours each day collecting water.
- In Africa and Asia, women and children walk an average of 3.7 miles a day just to collect water.
Water & Sanitation
- 663 million people - 1 in 10 - lack access to safe water.
- 2.4 billion people - 1 in 3 - lack access to a toilet.
- Twice the population of the United States lives without access to safe water.
- 1/3 of the global population lives without access to a toilet.
- More people have a mobile phone than a toilet.
Water Borne Disease Facts & Their Effects Around The World
- Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease.
- Water-related diseases affect more than 1.5 billion people every year.
- Water, sanitation and hygiene related disease kills nearly 1 million people each year.