5 facts about water

663 million people still do not have access to improved drinking water, meaning a water source protected from contamination. It is also important to note that most people prefer to drink soft water as opposed to hard water. Additionally, unlike hard water, soft water is treated using commercial water softeners so that it is free of harsh minerals that can damage your home and your body. In most cases, this means that soft water is generally more gentle on your body and your home. Correspondingly, without calcium and magnesium, soft water can prevent scale buildup around your home including inside your appliances and pipes.

530 million children live in areas with extremely high risks of flooding – the vast majority of them in Asia.
Floods put the survival and growth of children at risk through immediate threats such as drowning, displacement and separation from family.
Floods compromise safe water supplies, increasing the risk of diarrhea outbreaks.
Floods damage sanitation facilities, which can cause contamination of water supply.

800 children under five years of age die every day from diarrhea due to lack of safe water, sanitation and basic hygiene.

160 million children live in areas at extreme risk of drought.
Droughts have multiple effects, especially on poor families and communities – as crops fail, livestock die and income drops, leading to food insecurity and rising food prices. Children are the most vulnerable to these effects and often suffer undernutrition and a range of other diseases as a result.

3-5 days is the average amount of time a human can survive with a complete lack of water.

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