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Water Wise: Test Your Water Knowledge




Water is bedrock. Without this most basic necessity, people cannot survive. When access to water is difficult, time and productivity — and educational opportunities — are lost. When water isn’t clean, children and families are at risk for illness and death.

Celebrated every March 22 since the U.N. declared it in 1992, World Water Day exists to raise awareness around water’s fundamental role in development. Promoting access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene is a central component of ChildFund’s ongoing work in developing countries.

Take our water facts matching quiz and learn more about how much further the world has to go. (Answers are below, or here if you'd like the information in a more direct format.) 

Questions1.Current world population
Questions2.Gallons of water used in taking a bath, in each run of a typical dishwasher, in a single flush of a toilet and in taking a shower, respectively
Questions3.Amount of the world’s fresh water readily accessible for human consumption
Questions4.Percentage of the world’s freshwater that goes to agriculture
Questions5.Percentage of all waste that is untreated
Questions6.Economic return on every $1 invested in water and sanitation 
Questions7.People worldwide who lack access to safe water supplies 
Questions8.Number of people without access to adequate sanitation facilities
Questions9.Number of viruses, bacteria and worm eggs (respectively) contained in one gram of fecal matter 
Questions10.Number of grams of fecal matter that can kill a child under 5
Questions11.Percentage of the world’s people living in poverty who are sick any given day from causes connected to water supply, hygiene or sanitation  
Questions12.Number of people each year who die from waterborne illnesses such as cholera, dysentery, diarrhea, dengue fever, typhoid, malaria and others 
Questions13.Number of children under 5 who die from diarrhea each year 
Questions14.Number of children under 5 who die from waterborne illness each day 
a. 1
b. 1.5 million
c. 2.5 billion
d. 6.9 billion
e. 10 million, 1 million, 100
f. 3,575,000
g. 50
h. 80
i. 50, 20, 3, 2.5
j. 24,000
k. 1 in 8
l. 70
m. $3 to $34
n. less than 1 percent

Resources: UNICEF, the U.S. Department of the Interior,, the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, the World Bank and the World Health Organization

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