I was in my van the other day and looked down and there were at least 5 or 6 half-drunk bottles (re-usable, of course) of water. I take them with me to the gym and almost never finish drinking them. I, like many Americans, take water for granted. It is readily available here and for the most part, safe. We have fancy water pitchers that make the water even more palatable. We have specialty waters in fancy bottles.
We very rarely think about how many people in the world are lacking this most basic of resources. According to the WaterAid Website, 783 million people in the world do not have access to safe water. That translates to about 11% of the world's population. Around 700,000 children die every year from diarrhea caused by unsafe drinking water and poor sanitation.
WaterAid has been helping to bring safe water, sanitation and hygiene to third world countries since 1981. Since that time, WaterAid has been able to reach 17.5 million people with safe water.
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