There is increasing evidence that climate change can exacerbate water poverty to the extent that many communities around the world do not have easy access to clean water for consumption and sanitation purposes.
771 Million People Live Without Clean Water
Approximately 9.6% of the world's population live without access to clean water. Many live in rural areas and have to walk long distances to collect water for their families. Often, the water source is dirty and prone to causing sickness and disease. Every year 3.75 million people, including 2.2 million children, die from dirty water and related diseases.
Clean Water Powers Economic Growth
Access to clean water is arguably the most powerful tool for powering economic growth that humanity has ever known. According to the World Health Organization, every $1 invested in joint water supply and sanitation returns $4.30 in economic growth. Humanitarian organizations have requested urgent action to help over 220 million people impacted by water vulnerability in Africa.