Clean Water FAQs

Clean water FAQs and persistent water problems are often big news, whether it’s ongoing crises in American locales like Flint, Michigan or Newark, New Jersey; in 11 cities across the world forecasting as most likely to run out of drinking water; or the widespread concern that two-thirds of the world will face shortages by 2025.

Andrew Steer, President and CEO of the World Resources Institute
Photo by World Resources Institute

And yet, “water stress is the biggest crisis no one is talking about,” says Andrew Steer, President and CEO of the World Resources Institute. “Its consequences are in plain sight in the form of food insecurity, conflict and migration, and financial instability.”1

One recent report from World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says that 785 million people lack a basic drinking-water service. Globally, at least 2 billion people use a source contaminated with feces. Contaminated water can transmit diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, and dysentery.2 The U.S. Centers for Disease Control says an estimated 801,000 children younger than 5 perish from diarrhea annually, mostly in developing countries.3

Not only is safe, readily available water important for public health, WHO says improved water supply, sanitation, and better management of resources “can boost countries’ economic growth and can contribute greatly to poverty reduction.”4

In three special reports from Gospel for Asia entitled “Water Stress: The Unspoken Global Crisis,” “Dying of Thirst: The Global Water Crisis,” and “Solving the World Water Crisis … for Good,” we unpack the global quest for access to safe, clean drinking water, and how lasting solutions can defeat this age-old problem. Below, is more information about clean water.

Global Water Crisis

There’s nothing like a cold drink of water on a hot day. Unfortunately, due to the global water crisis, the refreshment of clean water isn’t available for many people around the world. Many communities are lacking this essential part of life.

Water Stress

It’s been almost 30 years since the United Nations started observing World Water Day with the goal of providing worldwide access to clean water. Despite the significant improvement, water stress remains a problem in many areas around the world.

Donate Clean Water

When you donate clean water, you make a life-changing difference in a community. Many people around the world can’t reach for a clean, refreshing drink of water on a hot summer day. Collecting water may take hours and, oftentimes, the water that took so long to find is contaminated with feces or another form of pollution.

Well Drilling

Water—it’s a commodity we don’t think about often. We simply turn on the tap, fill up our glass and begin enjoying the liquid goodness. We seldom contemplate the well drilling that took place for that clean, fresh water to magically flow out of that faucet.

Water Projects in Africa

Water projects in Africa are essential to a continent plagued by water stress. Countries in Africa and South Asia, where 85 percent of the world’s people live, face the formidable challenge of providing enough water for the entire population.

A Quest for Access to Clean Water

More than 70 percent of earth’s surface is covered in water, yet 1.1 billion people lack access to clean water that’s safe to drink. There are multiple clean water projects trying to meet this critical need. One such project is GFA World’s Jesus Wells.

1 Cassella, Carly. “Nearly 25% of The World’s Population Faces a Water Crisis, And We Can’t Ignore It.” Science Alerthttps://www.sciencealert.com/17-countries-are-facing-extreme-water-stress-and-they-hold-a-quarter-of-the-world-s-population. August 7, 2019.
2 “Drinking-water. Key facts.” World Health Organization. https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/drinking-water, June 14, 2019.
3 “Global Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene (WASH).” Centers for Disease Control. https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/global/wash_statistics.html. Accessed September 17, 2020.
4 “Drinking-water. Key facts.”. World Health Organization. https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/drinking-water, June 14, 2019.