In North America, it is a well-known fact that we take our water for granted. We waste it without a second thought, when we brush our teeth, dump out half-empty water bottles, wash small loads of laundry or clean dishes under running water.
Around the globe, however, 1 in 9 people have little or no access to clean water and contaminated water plays a huge role in disease and death in the poorest countries world-wide.
Only 1% of the world’s water can be used for drinking. The rest contains too much salt, is contaminated or is frozen in ice caps and glaciers. Some people have to walk for several hours to find usable water and that water is often dirty or filled with bacteria. Thankfully, many organizations are fighting for the right for clean water. Here are just a few: