About WATER IS LIFE. Yet 900 million people do not have access to safe, clean drinking water, and 2.6 billion people live without proper sanitation. When water is unsafe and sanitation non-existent, water can kill. Across the globe, more than 4,000 children die each day from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation facilities. More children die from a lack of clean drinking water than from HIV/AIDS and Malaria combined.