A few disturbing facts:
- Of the 6 billion people on earth, 1.1 billion do not have access to safe, clean drinking water.
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency currently does not regulate 51 known water contaminants. (www.foodandwaterwatch.org)
- While the average American uses 150 gallons of water per day, those in developing countries cannot find five. (www.charitywater.org)
- The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns. (www.water.org)
- According to the National Resources Defense Council, in a scientific study in which more than 1,000 bottles of 103 brands of water were tested, about one-third of the bottles contained synthetic organic chemicals, bacteria, and arsenic. (www.nrdc.org)
- Water is a $400 billion dollar global industry; the third largest behind electricity and oil.
CBS News, FLOW.
- Californiaʼs water supply is running out – it has about 20 years of water left in the state.
Maude Barlow, author of Blue Covenant and co-author of Blue Gold, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, FLOW.
- There are over 116,000 human-made chemicals that are finding their way into public water supply systems.
William Marks, author of Water Voices from Around the World, FLOW.
- In Bolivia nearly one out of every ten children will die before the age of five. Most of those deaths are related to illnesses that come from a lack of clean drinking water.
Jim Schultz, founder of the Democracy Center in Bolivia, FLOW.
- The cost per person per year for having 10 liters of safe drinking water every day is just $2 USD.
Ashok Gadgil, Senior Staff Scientist in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, FLOW
Part of the problem is big corporations are making it very difficult for people in third world countries to get clean water. But it's also happening right here in the US where companies such as Nestle, Coca-Cola and Pepsi are pumping huge amounts of water out of the ground for bottled water. It's leaving the communities where the water comes from at risk. Plus, there is no guarantee that your bottled water is any cleaner or better than your tap water. Much of the time it is the same. The US government does very little to regulate what goes into bottled water.
My husband is the ultimate water snob. He rarely likes water straight from the tap. So what do we do? We use a water filter. Its so simple. And MUCH cheaper than bottled water. Americans are spending billions of dollars a year on bottled water. For a fraction of what we spend we could provide the whole world with clean drinking water.
The water crisis is a huge complex issue, but by doing this one small thing, I think we can make a difference. Plus, all those plastic bottles won't be going into the landfills. So please think before you buy that next bottle of water. And go watch Flow to learn more or check out their website: http://flowthefilm.com