Approximately 2.7 billion people suffer from water scarcity on the planet.
Processing that number can feel unbelievable when considering how freely developed nations consume water. Did you realize that only 3% of the entire pool of global water is safe for human consumption? And that nearly 70% of that water is frozen in glaciers and ice caps?
2.7 billion people (approximately 35% of the human population) lack consistent access to fresh water. Water deprivation is one of the leading causes of death and disease, and lack of access is found primarily in developing nations. The solution to this very real crisis starts with determining how water can be allocated and conserved in developing countries.
Major contributing factors to the water scarcity crisis include pollution, overuse of water, water sources distances, drought, and governmental control. The consequences of insufficient access to water include hunger, disease, high mortality rates, poor sanitation, restricted access to education, and poverty.
The solution to this problem is multifaceted and solving the problem can only be achieved by a global collective.