The United Nations recognizes the importance of addressing the global water crisis each year on World Water Day (March 22). Since 1900, more than 11 billion people have died from drought and drought has affected an additional 2 billion people. In addition, water withdrawals for irrigation represent up to 90 % in arid regions. Here are the facts:

  • 2.7 billion people find water scarce each year.
  • Globally 2.4 billion people suffer from inadequate wastewater treatment.
  • Agriculture consumes more water than any other source.
  • By 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population may face water shortages.
  • The United Nations warns that water shortages could affect 5 billion people by 2050.
  • Demand for water is projected to rise fastest in developing countries.
  • Annually, human's use water for an average of 70% agriculture, 20% industrial, and 10% for households.
  • It is estimated that half of the world's population will be living in areas of "high water stress" by 2030.
  • Globally, at least 2 billion people use water source contaminated with feces.


Source: WWF, UN World Water Report 2017, BBC UK, US Geological Survey, 2015, USAID Water and Development Plan, World Water Council