Water Scarcity & The Importance of Water

Learn about access to water and the global water shortage

Clean, safe drinking water is scarce. Today, nearly 1 billion people in the developing world don't have access to it. Yet, we take it for granted, we waste it, and we even pay too much to drink it from little plastic bottles.

Water is the foundation of life. And still today, all around the world, far too many people spend their entire day searching for it.

The Water Project provides access to clean, safe and reliable water across sub-Saharan Africa.

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What is Water Scarcity?

More than just a lack of water...

Simply put, water scarcity is either the lack of enough water (quantity) or lack of access to safe water (quality).

It's hard for most of us to imagine that clean, safe water is not something that can be taken for granted. But, in the developing world, finding a reliable source of safe water is often time-consuming and expensive. This is known as economic scarcity. Water can be found...it simply requires more resources to do it.

In other areas, the lack of water is a more profound problem. There simply isn't enough. That is known as physical scarcity.

The problem of water scarcity is a growing one. As more people put ever-increasing demands on limited supplies, the cost and effort to build or even maintain access to water will increase. And water's importance to political and social stability will only grow with the crisis.

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Education

When students are freed from gathering water, they return to class. With proper and safe latrines, girls stay in school through their teenage years.

Health

Safe water, clean hands, healthy bodies. Time lost to sickness is reduced and people can get back to the work of lifting themselves out of poverty.

Hunger

Access to water leads to food security. With less crop loss, hunger is reduced. Schools can feed students with gardens, reducing costs.

Poverty

Access to water can break the cycle of poverty. The communities we serve are ready to grow. We can't wait to see how they choose to do it.

 
See how we're working to address the water crisis in Africa

In some places, it is simply dry. Water is hard to find. In others, this most critical need is literally only a few feet below ground waiting to sustain life.

The Water Project, Inc. is a non-profit organization working to provide access to clean water to people in developing nations who suffer needlessly without it.

With our team of supporters we're funding clean water projects like water wells and rain catchment systems.

Samuel S - Farmer, discussing her newly donated water project in Rwanda
“The old water was not clean when you look at the color it shows that it was dirty, but now the water is clean people are so happy for that.”...
Samuel S - Farmer
The Water Project: Tubindi Community
Aminata - Farmer, discussing her newly donated water project in Sierra Leone
We used to collect water from an open stream and the water was so dirty–it was not desirable for us to use. We only had to use the water because we did not have any choice. Now we thank God that we have clean and safe water within easy reach from our houses....
Aminata - Farmer
The Water Project: Kalie Town Crossing Well Rehabilitation Project