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It’s a growing global crisis, and it’s getting worse every day: more than one billion people on our planet lack access to fresh drinking water. Almost half of them are children — and 125 million of them are under the age of 5. If present global water consumption patterns continue, two out of every three people on Earth will suffer from water-stressed conditions by the year 2025.
Ongoing pollution, industrialization, deforestation, wasteful agricultural practices, global climate change and other environmental pressures are shrinking the planet’s clean water supply. Around the world, more people and communities are searching for clean, safe drinking water than ever before. And many of them are searching in vain.
In the case of the developing world, water is non existent in some areas, 70% of the water wells tend to fail within 4 years because of lack of proper maintenance and follow up.
Each year 3.5 million people die from water-related diseases. Each and every day, more than 4,000 children die of water-borne illnesses, which are now the second leading cause of death for children under the age of 5. Compounding these staggering numbers are the unpredictable effects of increasingly frequent natural and man-made environmental disasters. These devastating events render safe water undrinkable in a matter of hours or even minutes.