Changing Planet

Saving the World Through Water

Taking a break from Freshwater Species of the Week, I wanted to post this infographic from WaterStep, an international nonprofit based in Louisville, Kentucky. WaterStep works to provide clean drinking water to those in need around the world, from developing countries to people impacted by disasters.

As WaterStep points out, unsafe water is one of the world’s top killers. Every 30 seconds, a child dies from a waterborne illness. Many of those illnesses are preventable.

Fifteen countries account for three-fourths of the world’s child deaths from diarrhea. Most are in Africa and Asia. India and China are included, despite their rapid development in recent years.

Saving
courtesy of WaterStep

 

Learn more about how you can help reduce your own water footprint through Change the Course.

  • Abbey Dufoe

    While I think that this is very important, and have supported Water.org and Charity: Water in the past, I think that people have a hard time “buying into” this per se because we have water problems here that we need to focus on as well. There is no doubt that we are using water geologically faster than the Earth can replace it, so I think that it is just as important to provide education to Americans on reducing their water footprint, as well as focusing on getting other countries freshwater. We will have a water crisis soon, and education is the best way to get to people and explain what we can do to prevent that from happening.

  • Mollie Williams

    This is a great infographic that visually tells the story of the global water crisis. However, you should know that the statistic is actually 1.8 billion people lack access to micro-biologically safe drinking water. The stated statistic in the infographic, 780 million, is actually that 780 million people lack access to improved drinking water. The term “improved” does not mean micro-biologically safe to drink, but clear drinking water that could still have harmful bacteria contaminating the water. This means that providing improved sources to water is not actually solving the global water crisis to its full potential.

    At Water Missions International, we use chlorine in all of safe water solutions to ensure that the water is indeed clear of any and all micro-biolgoical contaminants. If this is the same approach WaterStep is taking, then I’m so happy to see their presence in the fight against the global water crisis.

  • hi87

    i think saving water is good

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