Posted by: nept | March 22, 2010

World Water Day 2010


Today is World Water Day 2010 and NEPT is helping celebrate by presenting about the importance of clean drinking water to local area schools.  These presentations are being made with two of our Blue Flag certified resorts: Couples Negril and Couples Swept Away.  In honor of World Water Day, today’s blog entry will provide you with some interesting facts about the world’s water supply, pulled from the website http://www.water.org.

Water Facts

  • 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.
  • About a third of people without access to an improved water source live on less than $1 a day. More than two thirds of people without an improved water source live on less than $2 a day.
  • Poor people living in the slums often pay 5-10 times more per liter of water than wealthy people living in the same city.
  • Without food a person can live for weeks, but without water you can expect to live only a few days.
  • The daily requirement for sanitation, bathing, and cooking needs, as well as for assuring survival, is about 13.2 gallons per person.

If you are interested in teaching about the importance of clean water or would like to help in the global campaign, please visit the http://www.water.org website and follow the instructions listed.

Happy Water Day 2010

Grover, Beaches Negril staff and PCV Melissa Dentch with students from Whitehall Basic & Prep School after a presentation on clean water.

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