March 22 is World Water Day

The theme for 2019 World Water Day is Water for All- Leaving no one behind.

In recognition of World Water Day, Lakefront Utilities asks you and your families to make a commitment to try and conserve water and be more cognizant of the precious nature of this most valuable resource we take for granted in Canada.

Here are a few interesting facts to raise your awareness of this priceless resource:

• 2.1 billion people live without safe water at home.

• One in four primary schools have no drinking water service, with pupils using unprotected sources or going thirsty.

• More than 700 children under five years of age die every day from diarrhea linked to unsafe water and poor sanitation.

• Around 159 million people collect their drinking water from surface water, such as ponds and streams.

• It is estimated that washing hands with soap and water could reduce diarrheal disease associated deaths by up to 50%. (CDC https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/hygiene/fast_facts.html )

• It’s estimated that if everyone routinely washed their hands, a million deaths a year could be prevented. (CDC)

• A large percentage of foodborne disease outbreaks are spread by contaminated hands. Appropriate hand washing practices can reduce the risk of foodborne illness and other infections. (CDC)

• Handwashing can reduce the risk of respiratory infections by 16%.  

• Within the first 15 minutes of bathing, the average person sheds 6 x 106 colony forming units of Staphylococcus aureus. (CDC)

• Today, 4.5 billion people – around 60% of the global population – live without safety managed sanitation and 892 million people still practice open defecation.

• One fifth of schools worldwide do not provide any toilet facilities.

• 900 million school children across the world have no handwashing facilities – a critical barrier in the spread of deadly diseases.

• Globally, 80% of the wastewater generated by society flows back into the ecosystem without being treated or reused.