31 August 2016
Today, Wednesday, August 32, marks the fourth day of the World Water Week which started on August 28 and is expected to run until September 3.
This year’s World Water Week is being hosted in Stockholm, Sweden, and is organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).
The theme for this year is: Water for Sustainable Growth.
Experts, practitioners, decision-makers, business innovators and young professionals from a range of sectors and countries are in Stockholm to network, exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop solutions to the most pressing water-related challenges of today.
Without water, there would be no life on Earth. Yet there is still significant inequality between those who have access to water and those that don’t.
Below are some facts about water that will be discussed in Stockholm this year:
1. Only 0.5% of the earth’s water is suitable for human consumption
2. According to a comprehensive study by McKinsey & Co, by 2030, demand for water will exceed sustainable supply by 40 per cent.
3. Agriculture accounts for as much as 90 per cent of global water consumption.
4. More than 650 million people around the world do not have access to safe water.
5. 42 per cent of healthcare facilities in Africa do not have access to clean water within half a kilometre.
6. 842,000 adult and child deaths from diarrhoea could be prevented each year with access to clean drinking water.
7. From 1990 to 2015, 47,000 people per day in sub-Sahara Africa gained access to improved drinking water.
8. So did half a billion people in China.
9. Clean water and sanitation for all is the UN Sustainable Development Goal Number 6.
Source: World Economic Forum