The Water Crisis: A Serious Problem

by Rebecca Carter, Microist by Ecorazzi

World Water Day is March 22.

In the past couple of months, I have become immersed in learning about the water crisis and the work of Before that time, Iím not sure if I could have even told you exactly what the crisis is. Now I hold the knowledge of the enormity of this issue in developing nations worldwide.

The Facts

Children: Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illness — probably since you started reading this article. This is a horrifying statistic, especially since these are completely preventable given clean water, access to a toilet, and proper hygiene. The incredible news is that this is an improvement over a few years ago, when the statistic was every 15 seconds. That amounts to 1440 lives saved every day.

Women: Women walk an average of 3.7 miles each day to fetch water for their families. Collectively, this amounts to 200 million hours each day…enough work hours to build 28 Empire State Buildings on a daily basis.

Sanitation: More people have a mobile phone than a toilet. Thatís over one billion people without access to basic sanitation. This is how people are getting so ill.

The Hope

Reading this information can feel daunting, but there is hope. Solutions are practical and available today. and its co-founders Gary White and Matt Damon established the organization to work towards safe water and the dignity of a toilet for all, in our lifetime.

Matt Damon says of the issue, “When you make them aware of a problem this serious, but then also make them aware of a solution that’s practical…I think it’s in people’s nature to want to step up and do their part.”

Join Us in Raising Awareness

Ecorazzi has decided to do our part by hosting our first Microist Day on March 20, 2012 benefiting Microist means micro-activist: On Tuesday, we will dedicate our entire social media presence to spreading the word about the water crisis and the work of In order to reach an even larger audience, we hope you will join us and update your status, as well. Sign up here and we’ll send you everything you need to make participating quick and easy. Or simply visit our Resource Guide, grab your favorite status and post! Hashtags are #MicroistDay and #ShowerDrinkFlush

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Nona E.
Nona E.2 years ago

I also have spent many months reading about the water crisis...appalling! I think the reason most people do nothing to help is that they don't know what to do. I see several good suggestions in the article and the comments; and, if everyone does a little, we can help a lot. My giving circle just donated to the Women's Initiative of Save The Rain is building (using local labor and supplies) rain catchment systems that are drastically changing lives. Biggest projects are built on the primary school providing clean water for the village. The Women's Initiative is a microloan to fund supplies and training for a woman (chosen by lottery) to build a smaller system on her walking, less disease. She then repays the loan for another. Following a suggestion in another comment,I have personally pledged all my butterfly points for one week exclusively to safe drinking for a child. It's only a little, but working together...

Stephanie Reap
Stephanie Reap2 years ago

What I find outrageous is women spend their entire day and night getting water for the family. How can someone ever reach their potential if their entire day is getting water!!

Jacob Davis
Jacob Davis2 years ago

will only get worse, as we head into the "desert days"... =(

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola2 years ago

Great article, thanks for sharing.

Terry V.
Terry V.2 years ago


Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla2 years ago

Stop OVERPOPULATION! It is common sense, there is no room or resources for everyone! The planet has limits, just logic.

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener3 years ago

You can say that again!

Ilona Norma
Ilona a.3 years ago

thanks for the article

Victor M.
Victor M.3 years ago

one more problem for humanity

Jay Williamson
Jay w3 years ago

unfrigginbelievable thats shocking