Friday, March 27, 2009

Just How Many Deaths Are Attributable to Lack of Clean Water and Sanitation?

I've been having a hard time pinning down how many people die each year from lack of clean drinking water and sanitation.  The figure I had used for the last three years was 2 million deaths annually.  I read a figure of 4 million in a recent Church World Service paper.  The WHO 2008 report Safe Water, Better Health gave figures that add up to nearly 3 million.  But today I encountered a figure of 8 million deaths  in Water and Wastewater News, a publication for water service professionals.  For now, I'm going with the WHO figures that are obviously low because of the conservative methodology they used, but that seems more realistic.  If anyone can help me sort this out, I'd appreciate it. 

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