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"One person in six – more than 1 billion of our fellow human beings – has little choice but to use potentially harmful sources of water."

"1.1 billion people were still using water from unimproved sources in 2002."

Unimproved sources of drinking water are defined as: unprotected well, unprotected spring, rivers or ponds, vendor-provided water, bottled water (for lack of quantity not quality), and tanker truck water.

SOURCE: WHO/UNICEF
Joint Monitoring Programme on Water Supply and Sanitation (JMP)
Meeting the MDG Drinking Water and Sanitation Target: A Mid-Term Assessment of Progress



"400 million children have no access to safe water: one in five"


"The number [of children under 5] who die each day because they lack access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation: 3,900; those who die each year: 1.4 million."

SOURCE: UNICEF
The State of the World’s Children 2005: Childhood Under Threat



"Diarrhea occurs world-wide and causes 4% of all deaths and 5% of health loss to disability. It is most commonly caused by gastrointestinal infections which kill around 2.2 million people globally each year, mostly children in developing countries. The use of water in hygiene is an important preventive measure but contaminated water is also an important cause of diarrhea. Cholera and dysentery cause severe, sometimes life threatening forms of diarrhea."

Water related diseases kill a child every eight seconds and are responsible for 80% of all illnesses and deaths in the developing world. Each year there are approximately 4 billion cases of diarrhea worldwide.

SOURCE: WHO
Water Related Diseases




Having access to 'water' does not necessarily mean you’re drinking 'safe water'




US Commercial Aircraft - Coliform found in tests of airline water

By Seth Borenstein
Knight Ridder News Service



Chicago - Study: Legionnaires' found in home hot-water pipes
Slimy lining may be common origin of the disease, researcher says

07:51 PM CDT on Sunday, September 14, 2003
Associated Press



United Kingdom - Coke recalls controversial water
Coca-Cola is to recall all bottles of its Dasani water in the UK, after levels of bromate were found to exceed legal levels.

Friday, 19 March, 2004, 14:19 GMT
BBC News

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