7 important facts about water and sanitation

Everyone deserves clean water and sanitary conditions.
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    780 million people across the globe do not have regular access to clean water. This means they're forced to put themselves at risk of diseases like Cholera, Trachoma, and Dysentery by drinking and using contaminated water.
    Crystal Wells
  2. 2.
    2.4 billion people, or 35% of the global population, do not have access to adequate sanitation.
  3. 3.
    801,000 kids under the age of 5 die each year because of diarrhea. 88% of these cases are traced to contaminated water and lack of sanitation.
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    For every $1 USD invested in WASH programs, economies gain $5 to $46 USD. In the US, for instance, water infrastructure investments had a 23 to 1 return rate in the 20th century. When people aren’t always getting sick, they’re more productive and everyone benefits.
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    Over the past 25 years, 2.6 billion people gained access to safe drinking water and 2.1 billion gained access to improved sanitation.
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    Girls are the hardest hit by lack of clean water and sanitation for a few reasons. When schools lack functional toilets or latrines, girls often drop out because of the stigma associated with periods.
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    When families don’t have enough water, girls are generally forced to travel hours to gather some, leaving little time for school. This lack of education then contributes to higher poverty rates for women.
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