2021 Shower Strike

These facts indicate the larger issues associated with water scarcity around the world. Please feel free to use any or all of these facts in your outreach!

Water & Health: 

Globally, at least 2 billion people use a drinking water source contaminated with feces. - World Health Organization 


Contaminated water can transmit diseases such diarrhea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and polio. Contaminated drinking water is estimated to cause 485 000 diarrheal deaths each year. - World Health Organization 


For children under five, water- and sanitation-related diseases are one of the leading causes of death. Every day, over 800 children die from preventable diseases caused by poor water, and a lack of sanitation and hygiene. - UNICEF


Water & Gender: 

The task of collecting water falls mainly to women and children, especially girls, who carry water an average of 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) a day. - WorldVision.org


In sub-Saharan Africa, an estimated 13.54 million women (and 3.36 million children) are responsible for water collection trips that take 30 minutes or longer - NPR study, UNICEF


 Women must carry up to 44 lbs of water (around 5 gallons) in their water cans to bring water to their families - WorldVision.org


Water Access: 

1 in 3 people globally do not have access to safe drinking water - World Health Organization


785 million people lack even a basic drinking-water service, including 144 million people who are dependent on surface water. - World Health Organization 


By 2025, half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas. - World Health Organization 


663 Million people lack access to an improved water source. - UNICEF


In low-income countries, 22% of health care facilities have no water service, 21% no sanitation service, and 22% no waste management service. -

World Health Organization