Tuesday, March 22, 2011

World Water Day

The United States uses 346,000 million gallons of fresh water every day.

A girl in Niger can walk four hours to reach any.

Today is World Water Day. What are you going to do about the water crisis?

The world is on target to meet the Millennium Development Goal for water, but it doesn't mean that everyone has access to clean and safe water just yet. Many of the world's poorest countries are still without, including many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Fifteen countries in the region are not on track to meet the MDG target for water, and nearly 40% of the world's population still lives without access to adequate sanitation.

Investing in safe drinking water not only sustains life, but promises a future. Every $1 invested in water and sanitation improvements returns an average of $8 in increased economic productivity and preventing health issues. Providing clean water to a community reduces the occurrence of deadly waterborne diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, hepatitis, and typhoid fever.

Visit www.planusa.org/walkforwells to find out about our national walk-a-thon, Walk for Wells, and how you can help.

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