Water and Economy

water and economy

Water Facts

dropLack of safe water and poor sanitation results in economic losses estimated at $260 billion USD globally each year. (WHO)

dropOn average, every US dollar invested in water and sanitation provides an economic return of $4 USD. (WHO)

dropThe cost of water in many developing countries is 5-10 times higher than in most other countries.

dropIn many places of the world where water scarcity exists, it is not because of a physical lack of water, but because the people living there do not have the means or the money to access the water that is directly beneath them.

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Those who lack access to water are not a homogeneously poor group. Nearly 66% of people who lack safe drinking water live on less than $2 a day, while 33% live on less than $1 a day. (UNDP)

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Universal access to safe water and sanitation would result in $32 billion USD in economic benefits each year from reductions in health care costs and increased productivity from reduced illness.  (WHO)

dropTime spent gathering water around the world translates to $24 billion USD in lost economic benefits each year. (WHO)

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If provided access to credit, poor households can allocate a significant portion of their income to sanitation investments. (WSP)

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