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Congratulations to Lori (Commenter #12) on winning this $50 giveaway!

I take for granted the abundance of clean water that I am able to drink each and every day. When I think of all of those out there that have no access to clean water, it makes me ashamed that I admitted to you that I rarely drink it.

A quick look at the statistics on Water Partners International, I am able to see the sobering truth about what a beautiful thing it is to have clean water for my family.

  • 3.575 million people die each year from water-related disease
  • 43% of water-related deaths are due to diarrhea.
  • 84% of water-related deaths are in children ages 0- 14.
  • 98% of water-related deaths occur in the developing world.
  • 884 million people, lack access to safe water supplies, approximately one in eight people.
  • The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns
  • At any given time, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from a water-related disease.
  • Less than 1% of the world’s fresh water (or about 0.007% of all water on earth) is readily accessible for direct human use.
  • An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the typical person living in a developing country slum uses in a whole day.

Yes, the facts are grim and it saddens me deeply to know that so few people have the great privilege of drinking crystal clear water that comes straight from their sink each day. I don’t have to haul water in pails for my family, I can wash my clothes in clean water, and I don’t have to worry about my family’s health when we drink our water. How blessed am I?

Despite these sad facts there are small ways that you can make a big difference for others. Crystal Light would like you to sign up for the Water Way Challenge so that they can offer assistance to those who do not have access to clean water. Through this campaign, Crystal Light has a goal of assisting 900 million people through this campaign initiative.

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Photo Credit: Samaritans Purse

(Please note that this post has been sponsored by Crystal Light. We are happy to be working with the company and sharing the message about hydration and giving others access to clean water through this sponsorship)


16 Comments

Comments

  1. 1

    This really hit home because I know my showers are too long ~ An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the typical person living in a developing country slum uses in a whole day. So sad!

  2. 2

    I enjoyed reading on their website (from your link) that they’re not building water ways FOR people but WITH people!
    Thanks.

    (Our church & family took part in the “5Days in May.com” which is similar. So good!)

  3. 3

    These statistics are staggering! Thanks for raising awareness of these water issues…I’m going to go tell my son not to take so long in the shower right now!!

  4. 4

    Thank you for including this information. If I were to win, I’d donate the proceeds to the organization so they can continue their good work.

  5. 5

    Millions and millions of people can die just from water-related incidents.

    (Following on Twitter,Entered Giveaway and Subscribed via “Subscribed to the Feed” Twitter:MrSavings)

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    I knew that a lot of disease was attributable to water issues, but half of the world’s occupied hospital beds? That immensity, I did not realize.

  9. 9

    I’ve learned that I do not drink enough water and am probably among the 75% of us that are dehydrated without knowing it. I’ve also learned that I’m so forunate to have immediate access to clean, clear, crisp water that the majority of the world does not have. I am blessed and should be drinking more water.

  10. 10

    The past few months I have really been working with my family on cutting down our water usage. Even after doing that, I still see through these past four weeks, that we do not use our water wisely. We don’t drink enough of it and we waste too much of it.

  11. 11

    We forget how many things we enjoy in this country, even the simple things like clean water. Thanks for reminding us of our responsibility to be wise consumers of our precious resource.

  12. 12

    As an environmental engineer I am always thinking about our resources & how to better manage them in our home.

    But honestly I too take the cleanliness of it for granted. Thanks for reminding us how fortunate we are to have clean water available to use!

  13. 13

    On the crystal light site: I found the hydration “water weight” stuff interesting today given my area’s 100 + heat indexes. And that you should drink sip 16 to 24 ounces of fluids for every pound you’re lighter after exercise
    On GWC’s site (lihk from the crstal light site): I appreciate that GWC is seeking after sustainable solutions and not just just quick, feel good PR that doesn’t look at the long term of what happens when the leave.

  14. 14

    hi,
    i agree as above,statistics are staggering!Water is something we just all take for granted until something happens like a natural disaster to reming us what it means to have it so easily accessable.Back when Katrina hit the gulf coast me,my hubby and son went down to mississippi for 2 weeks to volunteer.Quickly you saw how it felt to not have water.We have been much more conservative since then.Thanks for bringing peoples attention to this

  15. 15

    I waste so much water. I now feel really guilty. I really need to take shorter showers.

    denise_22315(at)yahoo(dot)com

  16. 16

    Thank you for the gift card and the giveaway Amy!! I can’t wait to receive it and put it to good use buying some recycling supplies for our house!!