Water and Mother Earth.

Actualizado: 18 de sep de 2019

How much water do we use each day? For domestic use, like cooking and cleaning, bathing and watering the garden, each one of us uses around 40 gallons a day.

For a family of four, that’s 4,800 gallons a month.

Source Ellen Macarthur Foundation

- According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), in average 2.5 gallons of water per minute are used in the shower.

- Acording to WHO (World Health Organization), in 2015, 6.6 Billions of people had access to improved sources of water.

That is 16.5 Billions of gallons of water per minute in the shower for 6.6 Billion people.

The average person showers for about five minutes, which translates into:

82.5 Billions of Gallons of Water Waste Per Day

What if we close the shower while we put on shampoo, body wash, conditioner, while shaving, etc.

And then we turn it on again when we need to.

If we closed the shower for one minute during bath time, we could be saving16.5 billions of gallons of water per day.

According to WHO:

- In 2015, 71% of the global population (5.2 billion people) used a safely managed drinking-water service – that is, one located on premises, available when needed, and free from contamination.

- 89% of the global population (6.5 billion people) used at least a basic service. A basic service is an improved drinking-water source within a round trip of 30 minutes to collect water.

- 844 million people lack even a basic drinking-water service, including 159 million people who are dependent on surface water.

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

- Contaminated water can transmit diseases such diarrhoea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and polio. Contaminated drinking water is estimated to cause 502,000 diarrheal deaths each year.

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

In low- and middle-income countries, 38% of health care facilities lack an improved water source, 19% do not have improved sanitation, and 35% lack water and soap for hand washing.

According to the UN Sustainable Development Goals:

- 1 in 4 health care facilities lacks basic water services

- 3 in 10 people lack access to safely managed drinking water services and 6 in 10 people lack access to safely managed sanitation facilities.

- At least 892 million people continue to practice open defecation.

- Women and girls are responsible for water collection in 80 per cent of households without access to water on premises.

- Between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of the global population using an improved drinking water source has increased from 76 per cent to 90 per cent.

- Water scarcity affects more than 40 per cent of the global population and is projected to rise.

- 2.4 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services, such as toilets or latrines.

- More than 80 per cent of wastewater resulting from human activities is discharged into rivers or sea without any pollution removal.

- Each day, nearly 1,000 children die due to preventable water and sanitation-related diarrheal diseases.

The image below is from "Celebrate Earth Day With The Greatest Images Of Our Planet From Space" at Forbes. Click on the link for more photographs...

Ethan Siegel Senior Contributor

Starts With A Bang Contributor Group

While a glance at this image might suggest that this is the Amazon river, it's actually one of the more than 1,100 tributaries that flows into it. The Amazon is the one river that carries more water than any other on Earth. FYODOR YURCHIKHIN / RUSSIAN SPACE AGENCY


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