According to National Geographic, there’s a plethora of bad news when it comes to the Earth’s water crisis. Here are seven things you may not have known about the state of clean water in the U.S. and abroad.
- There are two reasons the world is experiencing water shortage: drought (which can be considered an effect of global warming) and overuse.
- Two million people die a year because of diseases caused by lack of clean water.
- Nearly 20 percent of people worldwide do not have access to clean water.
- About 7 billion gallons of clean drinking water leak out of U.S. pipes every day.
- In the U.S., the average amount of indoor water use is 69 gallons a day.
- Nearly half of bottled water is actually local water that’s been packaged for sale.
- A study by the Environmental Working Group tested 10 different brands of bottled water and found that they contained harmful chemicals like painkillers and arsenic.
For more information about the regulation of water in the U.S., visit Food and Water Watch.