Global challenges

The global challenge of unsafe drinking water

Water-borne diseases account for about 1.5 million deaths every year. These diseases are caused by pathogenic micro-organisms that are transmitted in water when water sources such as lakes, rivers, streams and watering holes are used as drinking water sources. These diseases including cholera, typhoid, dysentery and bilharzia spread very quickly affecting individuals and communities.

The shocking facts about

water-borne diseases

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There are lots of ways you can help us with our mission to provide clean and safe drinking water to those in need.

Why do so many people

still not have access to safe drinking water?

There are lots of challenges with providing clean and safe drinking water so let’s explore 5 of the key challenges.

The most common water-borne diseases

There are three main groups of water-borne diseases – bacterial, viral and parasitic. Learn more about the most well-known water-borne diseases.

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