Approximately 2.7 billion people suffer from water scarcity on the planet.
Processing that number can feel unbelievable when considering how freely water is consumed in developed nations. However, it also startling to learn that only 3% of the entire pool of global water is safe for human consumption, with 2/3rd’s of it frozen in glaciers and ice caps.
2.7 billion people account for approximately 35% of the human population. Approximately 35% of the global population lacks consistent access to safe, clean, fresh water. The overwhelming majority of these people are found in developing nations. This evidence reveals that action must be taken with water allocation and conservation in developing countries. Major contributing factors to water scarcity in developing nations include pollution of water systems, overuse of water, distance to water sources, drought, and governmental control. The consequences of insufficient access to water include hunger, disease, high mortality rates, poor sanitation, restricted access to education, and poverty.