Worldwide Access to Water by Numbers

The Roar Meter is a weekly story in numbers.

  • Number of people worldwide without access to clean water: 783 million
  • Yearly deaths due to lack of clean water: 6-8 million
  • Liters of water required to raise and produce 1kg of beef: 15,000
  • Estimated global meat consumption per capita by 2030: 52kg
  • Water required per person per year for meat consumption only: 780,000 liters
  • Water consumption per person per day, including water used to produce food: 2000-5000 liters
    • Number of those liters that are directly consumed (drank): 2-4
  • Number of people in Sub-Saharan Africa without access to reliable drinking water: 319 million
  • Number of people in Sub-Saharan Africa relying on surface water: 102 million
  • Percentage of Sub-Saharan hospitals without an improved reliable water source within 500m: 42
  • Average weight of the most common water collecting can in Africa, when full: 40 lbs
  • Estimated number of hours spent yearly in Sub-Saharan Africa collecting water: 40 billion
  • Percentage of people worldwide tasked with hauling water who are female: 92
  • Percentage of families that rely on women to get water when there is no water source in the home: 64

Annika Barranti Klein is a writer, knitter, women’s banked track roller derby referee, and radical homeschooling mother. Her work has appeared at The Toast, The Establishment, and on Book Riot. She is a cis, white, bi-furious intersectional feminist.

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