We have been using water without any type of control since the beginnings of the industrial era. Since then, very few measures have been taken that guarantee an efficient use of water. It is urgent to change this way of acting. Water is scarce, is wrongly distributed and badly used. But it is present in all aspects of our life.
Today almost 900 milllion people do not have access to potable water and every day this number is increasing. Collaborate with us to make a real change. We have to act quickly, there's not a better time than now.
Every 20 seconds, a child dies as a result of poor sanitation.
That's 1.5 million deaths a year that could be prevented.
By 2025, water
withdrawals will increase
by 50% in developing countries,
and 18% in developed countries.
Almost 2,500 million people lack access to a basic sanitation system
More than one in six people worldwide - 894 millon - don't have access to enough safe freshwater to meet their basic needs for drinking, cooking and cleaning.
By 2015, reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water.
The 7th goal of the 'Water for Life' Decade is "to promote efforts to fulfil international commitments made on water and water-related issues by 2015".
It is an initiative made to ensure the water related goals of the Millenium Declaration can be achieved.
One of the targets of the goal #7 of the Millenium Declaration states that "By 2015, reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water". One billion people lack access to safe drinking water, 2.4 billion to adequate sanitation.
To achieve this target, an additional 1.5 billion people will require access to some form of improved water supply by 2015, that is an additional 100 million people each year (or 274,000/day) until 2015.
Take a look of what has been done about this target in the "2015 Millennnium Campaign"
Sources: Human Development Report 2009, World Business Council For Sustainable Development (WBCSD), World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) Joint Monitoring Programme on Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP).