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Water Facts and Resources

Facts

  1. More than 750 million people have no access to safe water for personal use.
  2. Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water related disease.
  3. 30,000 people die every week from diseases caused by unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions.
  4. Women in water-stressed regions walk on average 3.5 miles everyday to get water to their homes.
  5. A five-minute shower in America uses more water than the average person in a slum in a developing country uses throughout an entire day.
  6. 1 in 9 people do not have access to an improved water source.
  7. In developing countries, dirty water is a greater threat to human safety than violent conflict.
  8. Dripping faucets in developed countries lose more water than is available each day to more than 1 billion people.
  9. By 2025, close to 3 billion people will live in water scarce regions of the world.
  10. Water and sanitation are some of the most powerful preventive medicines available to governments to reduce infectious disease.

Resources

Websites:

  1. Blue Planet Network
  2. charity: water
  3. Clear Water Initiative
  4. PackH2O
  5. U.S. Water Alliance
  6. Water.org

Books:

  1. Barlow, Maude. Blue Covenant. New York: The New Press, 2007. Print.
  2. Diamandis, Peter H. and Kotler, Steven. Abundance. New York: Free Press, 2012.
  3. Prud’Homme, Alex. The Ripple Effect. New York: Scribner, 2011. Print.
  4. Weber, Karl. Last Call at the Oasis. New York: Public Affairs, 2012. Print.
  5. Chellaney, Brahma. Water, Peace, and War. Lanham: Rowan & Littlefield Publishers, 2015.
  6. Sedlak, David. Water 4.0: The Past, Present, and Future of the World’s Most Vital Resource. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015.
  7. Solomon, Steven. Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization. Harper Perennial, 2011.
  8. Fishman, Charles. The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water. New York: Free Press, 2012.
  9. Pearce, Fred. When the Rivers Run Dry. Boston: The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-first Century. New York: Beacon Press, 2007.

Movies:

  1. Flow: For Love of Water. Perf. Bill Alexander, Maude Barlow. The Group Entertainment, 2008.Last Call at the Oasis. Perf. Erin Brockovich-Ellis, Jay Famiglietti. Participant Media, 2011.
  2. Last Call at the Oasis. Perf. Erin Brockovich- Ellis, Jay Famiglietti. Participant Media, 2011.
  3. Tapped. Perf. Sally Bethea, Earl Blumenauer. Atlas Films, 2009.
  4. Blue Gold: World Water Wars. Perf. Jim Olson, Tony Clarke. Purple Turtle, 2008.
  5. Thirst. Perf. Maude Barlow. Bullfrog Films, 2004.
  6. The Colorado River: Running Near Empty. Perf. Peter McBride. Yale Environment 360, 2011.
  7. Water on the Table. Perf. Maude Barlow. Water on the Table, 2010.
  8. Liquid Assets: The Big Business of Water. Perf. Michelle Caruso-Cabrera. CNBC.