About Water

  • Of the 6 billion people on earth, 1.1 billion do not have access to safe, clean drinking water.
  •  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency currently does not regulate 51 known water contaminants. (www.foodandwaterwatch.org)
  • While the average American uses 150 gallons of water per day, those in developing countries cannot find five.
  • The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns.
  • According to the National Resources Defense Council, in a scientific study in which more than 1,000 bottles of 103 brands of water were tested, about one-third of the bottles contained synthetic organic chemicals, bacteria, and arsenic. (www.nrdc.org)
  •  Water is a $400 billion dollar global industry; the third largest behind electricity and oil.
    CBS News, FLOW.
  • There are estimates that from five hundred thousand to seven million people get sick per year from drinking tap water. Erik Olson, Deputy Staff Director of Barbara Boxer╩╝s Environmental and Public Works Committee (EPW), FLOW.
  • California╩╝s water supply is running out – it has about 20 years of water left in the state.
    Maude Barlow, author of Blue Covenant and co-author of Blue Gold, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, FLOW.
  • There are over 116,000 human-made chemicals that are finding their way into public water supply systems.
    William Marks, author of Water Voices from Around the World, FLOW.
  • In Bolivia nearly one out of every ten children will die before the age of five. Most of those deaths are related to illnesses that come from a lack of clean drinking water.
    Jim Schultz, founder of the Democracy Center in Bolivia, FLOW.
  • The cost per person per year for having 10 liters of safe drinking water every day is just $6 USD.
    Ashok Gadgil, Senior Staff Scientist in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, FLOW