According to UN facts reported by Water.org, 3.575 million people die yearly due to water related disease. That is the equal to the entire city of Los Angeles. These diseases spread because nearly 884 million people lack access to clean water. These shocking statistics indicate there is still a need to provide developing nations with clean water resources.
World Water Day reminds us to do our part to preserve and protect this limited, vital resource. Personal water consumption in developed nations far outweighs that of a developed nation. An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than a typical person in a developing country slum uses in a whole day. According to UN-Water, Water use has been growing at more than the rate twice of population increase in the last century. As a Geneva based organization, we are obliged to point out that In 60 percent of European cities with more than 100,000 people, groundwater is being used at a faster rate than it can be replenished.
Present water consumption rates endager our future. By 2025, 1,800 million people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity, and two-thirds of the world population could be under stress condition.
In light of these facts, we must all do our part to help those in need and be conscious of our own water consumption.
Watch a video produced by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization