Water Facts and Figures


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HomePure presents this infographic on the latest Water Facts and Figures provided by The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialised agency of the United Nations. HomePure is the home care product line of www.qnet.net

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Water Facts and Figures

  1. 1. WATER FACTS AND FIGURES Water use The world uses: 70% 22% 8% freshwater for irrigation freshwater for industry freshwater for domestic use By 2025, water withdrawals are predicted to increase by: 18% 50% in developed countries in developing countries By 2025 2/3 of the world population could be under stress conditions caused by water scarcity 1800 million people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity Did you know that: the world's six billion people are using 54% of all accessible freshwater contained in rivers, lakes and underground aquifers 54% the volume of freshwater resources is around 35 million km3, or about 2.5% of the total volume which is 1.4 billion km3 2.5% 70% about 24 million km3 or 70% of freshwater resources is in the form of ice and permanent snow cover in mountainous regions, the Antarctic and Arctic regions Drinking water and sanitation Did you know that: the UN suggests that we need 20-50 litres of safe freshwater a day for drinking, cooking and cleaning 20-50L more than one in six people worldwide - 894 million - don't have access to 20-50 litres of safe freshwater a day the daily drinking water requirement per person is 2-4 litres, but it takes 2000 to 5000 litres of water to produce one person's daily food 2000-5000L 2.5 billion people, including almost one billion children, live without basic sanitation. every 20 seconds, a child dies as a result of poor sanitation. That's 1.5 million preventable deaths each year globally, diarrhea is the leading cause of illness and death, and 88% of diarrhea deaths are due to a lack of access to sanitation facilities, together with inadequate availability of water for hygiene and unsafe drinking water. Water pollution, environmental degradation and disasters Did you know that: in developing countries, 70% of industrial wastes are dumped into waters where they pollute the usable water supply every day, 2 million tons of human waste are disposed of in water courses between 1991 and 2000, over 665,000 people died in 2,557 natural disasters of which 90 percent were water-related events. since 1900 we've lost half of the world's wetlands Water footprints Did you know that we need: 140 litres of water for a cup of coffee 13 litres of water of a tomato 170 litres of water of a glass of orange juice 25 litres of water for a potato 35 litres of water of a cup of tea 184 litres of water for a bag of potato 70 litres of water for an apple 200 litres of water for a glass of milk 75 litres of water for a glass of beer 2400 litres of water for a hamburger 16000 litres of water is needed to produce one kilogram of beef 120 litres of water for a glass of wine Source: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialised agency of the United Nations http://www.ifad.org/english/water/key.htm www.homepure.com