World Water Week 2018: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Water
August 27, 2018
The world is not yet on track to meet Sustainable Development Goal 6: Access to safe water and sanitation for all.
Water is life. Without water, children simply cannot survive. Without basic toilets, entire communities live with human waste in their environment. Without taps and soap for handwashing, diseases spread rapidly. Young children are particularly vulnerable, and water and sanitation related diseases remain among the leading causes of death in children under five. When hospitals and health care centres do not have running water, toilets or soap, they can become disease factories. At the time of birth, this can be a matter of life or death for both mother and baby.
To celebrate, and raise awareness of, World Water Week 2018, here are 10 facts about water that might surprise you.
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