Global Water Crisis Fact Sheet _ by hcj


									Building Upon A Legacy of Leadership
Today, the planet faces a water crisis that will escalate if we don’t find ways to protect water and to use
this precious resource more wisely. As the world’s largest provider of pumps and equipment that treats
and transports water, ITT is committed to lead the way. Through the years ITT has leveraged its unique
position as a leader in fluid technology to address global water quality and availability through product
innovation, industry participation and cultivating knowledge and awareness of the world’s water issues
through our support of non-governmental organizations. In 2008, the company launched ITT Watermark,
a philanthropy program that brings safe water to people in need and expands on ITT’s leadership in the
global water sector.

ITT Watermark
The mission of ITT Watermark is to make a sustainable mark in the world by providing safe water to
children and families in need. To accomplish this goal, ITT is working with leading non-governmental
organizations (NGOs) to provide safe water, sanitation and hygiene education to schools in developing
countries and proactively secure and provide safe water to people during times of emergency.

Safe Water in Schools
Through ITT Watermark, ITT is bringing safe water, sanitation and hygiene education to 300 schools in
water-stressed regions of developing countries – a pledge that will ultimately improve lives of hundreds of
thousands of children and their families.
In 2008, ITT launched its strategic partnership with Water For People and supported 52 schools in West
Bengal, India; Quiché, Guatemala and Yoro, Honduras. ITT’s work has directly impacted more than
36,000 school children, in addition to their families and community members. In 2009, the program will
expand to support an additional 100 schools and 80,000 students.

Emergency Response
As part of ITT Watermark, ITT is committed to securing safe water supplies for people in times of
emergency. Working with its strategic partner, Mercy Corps, ITT supports relief and recovery efforts,
which include the provision of dewatering and water purification equipment and on-the-ground rebuilding
and recovery of water and sanitation infrastructure long after disaster strikes. ITT is also working to
develop an affordable, portable disaster relief water treatment system, designed specifically for poor
communities that face contaminated water supplies.
In 2008, ITT supported emergency response training for ITT and Mercy Corps staff in Guatemala and
made financial contributions to relief efforts for the Myanmar cyclone and China earthquake. ITT also
provided pumps to communities in Nepal suffering from severe flooding and donated water treatment
systems to towns in Honduras where intense rainfall had contaminated water supplies. Combined, these
efforts brought safe water to more than 200,000 people.
                   Ten Key Facts on the Global Water Crisis

       •      97.5% of the earth's water is saltwater. If the world's water fit into a
bucket, only one teaspoonful would be drinkable. (United Nations)

        •      Although there is not yet a global water shortage, about 2.8 billion
people, representing more than 40 per cent of the world’s population, live in river
basins with some form of water scarcity. More than 1.2 billion of them live under
conditions of physical water scarcity, which occurs when more than 75 per cent of
the river flows are withdrawn. (United Nations)

       •      A third of the world’s population currently lives in water-stressed countries now.
By 2025, two-thirds will live in water-stressed countries. (BBC News)

       •      1.1 billion people worldwide lack access to safe water and 2.6 billion
people lack access to safe sanitation. (United Nations)

        •      Because children are sick with water-related diseases or occupied
collecting water for their families, they are forced to sacrifice more than 400 million
school days per year. (United Nations)

        •      Fifty percent of the world's primary schools lack safe drinking water for
their students, and 75 percent of those schools lack adequate sanitation facilities.

       •      It is estimated that, on average, women and girls in developing
countries walk 3.5 miles a day, carrying 20 liters of water, greatly reducing the time
that they have to attend school. (Global Water Challenge)

      •     Eleven percent more girls attend school when sanitation is available.
(UK Department for International Development)

       •      The integrated approach of providing water, sanitation and hygiene
reduces the number of deaths caused by diarrheal diseases by an average of 65%.
(World Health Organization)

        •       At any given time, almost half the population of the developing world
is suffering from one or more of the main diseases associated with inadequate
provision of water and sanitation. (United Nations)
United Nations)

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