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March 22nd, 2013 was the 20th annual World Water Day, a day that helps raise awareness that over 4,000 children in developing countries die every day from illness and disease related to unsafe drinking water.

In honor of this day, I’d like to share some facts about water issues abroad and here in the US, and how PUR Water Filtration Systems are helping the cause.

What’s happening abroad?

783 million people in the world do not have access to clean, safe water and almost 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation. 1.4 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation. This amounts to around 4,000 deaths a day or one every 20 seconds.

How can we help?

PUR products offer a simple way to help provide funding for clean drinking water to those who need it the most. Through an ongoing partnership with Procter & Gamble’s Children’s Safe Drinking Water program (CSDW), PUR provides funding and resources to donate clean drinking water to children in the developing world.

Each purchase of PUR products supports this partnership with the CSDW program, by donating annual funding and resources to provide clean drinking water to these families abroad. You can also visit the PUR Facebook page and donate 10 liters of clean water to those in need with just one click through the Daily Drop program every day!

But what about water here in the US?

While access to water and water quality abroad are of international concern, we can’t forget about the quality of the water our families drink everyday.

Tap and bottled water may look clean, but water takes a journey before reaching your home. According to research supported by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there may be as many as 16 million waterborne illnesses a year associated with drinking water. Buying bottled water isn’t necessarily a solution either– plastic water bottles can also leach harmful contaminants into your family’s drinking water.

Americans have the option of an at-home filtration system, such as PUR Water Filters, which are certified to remove more contaminants than any other leading brand. Using an at-home filter ensures you and your family are drinking clean, crisp-tasting water.

The Giveaway:

1 Southern Savers Reader will win the following:

PUR 18 Cup Dispenser
PUR Advanced Faucet Water Filter
Two Replacement Filters for Each

To Enter:

Leave a comment below telling me which fact you found most disturbing.

This giveaway was sponsored by PUR, but all opinions are 100% my own.
The winner of this giveaway will be chosen and posted to the Giveaway Winners Page Monday, 4/1.
    • Ash Johnson

      1.4 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation

    • annette

      Loss of a child every 20 seconds………so sad

    • annette

      Loss of a child every 20 seconds………so sad

    • missy

      I find it disturbing that, This amounts to around 4,000 deaths a day or one every 20 seconds, I do not understand why people are dying for water when the world is surrounded with a way to drink clean water.

    • Melanie

      We always assume it is so advanced here in the States but water here can be dangerous too. That is pretty scary.

    • Elizabeth

      Plastic Water bottles can leak contaminants! So many people think bottled water is better for them, when really, its not!

    • chrystal bachmann

      It’s awful that 1.4 million children die every year from diseases related to unclean water. :(

    • Elizabeth

      IT is gross to think of what might be in our water. I prefer to filter myself rather than rely on the government.

    • AnointedSaver

      The most unsettling for me is that “1.4 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation.”

    • I was really disturbed by the fact that 4,000 children die every single day because they don’t have clean water.

    • 1.4 million children die each year from water borne illnesses!

    • This: 1.4 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation! I can’t even imagine what the illness (contracted but treated) statistics must be if the death count is so high.

    • rita

      1.4 million children die – we have a lot to be thankful for, even w/ 16 million waterborne illnesses.

    • Adam Crouch

      “4,000 deaths a day or one every 20 seconds” is very disturbing. Very sad.

    • Marcie

      how often children die from not clean water

    • I find it disturbing that there are 16 million drink water related illnesses in The U.S when we are suppose to have clean water.

    • NOel

      I can’t believe some country’s water conditions, startling to say the least

    • Lucy

      I love Pur’s commitment to helping sanitize water for children across the planet

    • lucysullivan

      One death every 20 seconds is ridiculous, this should be recognized on more than one day of the year!

    • Katie S.

      “1.4 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation.” Wow! Can you imagine? God has called us to help the vulnerable, and yet that many are dying simply because of unclean water!? Are our hearts so deadened to not feel the need to reach out to “the least of these”? We need to do better!

    • Coming from such a blessed situation where clean water is something that can easily be taken for granted it is unsettling to me that so many people, especially children, die from not having access to clean water. It is disturbing that 783 million people in the world do not have access to such a vital resource.

    • Aly

      The fact that that many people (783 million people Wow!) do not have access to clean, safe water! Crazy!

    • l.a.

      # of children’s deaths.

    • Summer Chesshir

      That someone dies every 20 seconds due to unclean water and poor sanitation

    • Kristi Ellington

      1.4 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation

    • brooke0605

      783 million people do not have access to clean water

    • angie

      1.4 children dying to related issues with water. Heartbreaking. I may not like the taste of our water, but it is safe! A death every 20 seconds is unfathomable. We all need to step and turn this around. I intend to contribute!

    • Jenn Smith

      16 million water borne illnesses each year! yikes!

    • Withrockb

      783 million people in the world do not have access to clean, safe water
      and almost 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation.

    • Jo

      16 million waterborne illnesses a year associated with drinking water. Wow!

    • Susan

      Children without access to clean water.

    • pollard1184

      Someone dying every 20 seconds just from lack of clean water and sanitation. This is a horrible reality.

    • Rachel

      783 million people in the world do not have access to clean, safe water.

    • Jamie Buchanan Benningfield

      The fact that 1.4 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation is most disturbing to me. Something we so easily have is causing death to so many others. I teach a class to teens at church and we will be doing a really cool poject this week in conjuction with this to raise awareness.

    • 4000 deaths a day for something we just take for granted!

    • Lori

      over 4,000 children in developing countries die every day from illness and disease related to unsafe drinking water.

    • Lindy

      16 million waterborne illnesses a year??

    • Kelly

      What bothers me the most is the fact 1.4 million children die because of unclean water. We have too much flouride in our water, so we have to use bottled water for our daughter or her teeth will be permanently stained. Does the PUR filter help with flouride?

    • Amber Winebarger Riley

      1.4 million CHILDREN die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation.

    • Marilyn

      2 deaths from unclean water in the time it took me to read this post = heartbreaking!

    • heather

      Someone dying every 20 seconds just from lack of clean water and sanitation

    • emily

      I am so lucky to have clean water in Kentucky but I still prefer bottled water since I drink it all day and can taste.the.difference

    • “1.4 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation”

    • Brandy

      So many children dying from not having access to clean water. That is so sad!

    • Leah

      4000 deaths a day from lack of sanitation and clean water

    • pgarg9

      how many children die from no clean water

    • majones2412

      one death every 20 seconds because of unclean water!

    • 783 million people in the world do not have access to clean, safe water. something I sadly take for granted…..

    • C.B.

      Children no having clean water to drink ,

    • ozmv

      16 million waterborne illnesses a year associated with drinking water!

    • Amy Williams

      This is disturbing- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there may be as many as 16 million waterborne illnesses a year associated with drinking water.

    • Sarah

      # of deaths due to waterborne illness

    • Sonya

      The fact that there are 16 million waterborne illnesses a year is very disturbing!

    • jperdue

      That there are 16 million waterborne illnesses a year……

    • Karen

      That 4,000 children die every day. My chest hearts just knowing this. I’m glad that PUR and Proctor & Gamble are trying to make a difference.

    • ajawee83

      16 million water borne illness – yikes

    • lorraine

      the fact that so many children do not have access to clean drinking water.

    • Katie

      1.4 million children succomb to this horrible, fixable problem every year

    • 4,000 deaths a day due to lack of clean water is unreal.

    • Julianne

      That unclean water leads to 1 death every 20 seconds!

    • Bj

      4,000 people die every day for lack of clean water—– too many!

    • Wynnster

      16 million waterborne illnesses a year associated with drinking water.

    • children dieing from diseases is the most disturbing fact

    • blakely

      Wow! This is amazing. – there may be as many as 16 million waterborne illnesses a year associated with drinking water.

    • stephanie

      1.4 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation

    • Emily

      I didn’t think that the municipal water supply could still cause waterborne illness here in the U.S.

    • Faith B.

      16 million waterborne illness

    • Jessica Hicks

      1.4 million children dying of diseases. Very disturbing.

    • Priscilla

      Even though our tap and bottled water might look clean-it has a journey before it reaches our homes…and plastic water bottles can leach harmful contaminants…Thanks for the insight into a worldwide problem!

    • djw

      1.4 million children die each year from water borne. Illnesses. Unacceptable! !

    • patsy leffler

      The 783 million people that dont have access to clean drinking water..

    • annette

      That so many people in the world still do not have access to something so needful for life: clean, safe water ! 783 million people is simply astounding – and totally unacceptable!

    • kpeppers

      Children dying from unsafe drinking water.

    • The shocking fact that 1.4 million children die each year from uclean drinking water.

    • kmlandthefuzzies

      kids, babies, adults, pets all are affected every sec by the water; even when its looks clean it may not be clean because people are flushing things down the drain how the water get affected

    • T Chang

      no access to clean water causes a death evey 20secs

    • Lindsey

      16 million illnesses associated with contaminated water is a huge number! Surely we can do better!

    • Charline Woods

      there may be as many as 16 million waterborne illnesses a year associated with drinking water

    • The number of children who die because they do not have access to clean water.

    • Michelle Boggus

      1.4 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation. Then in the U.S. that there are 16 million waterborne illnesses a year and the bottle you are drinking out of may harm you too.

    • Jodie Hosey

      1.4 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation. This is crazy, sad, and needs solutions.

    • leah rainwater

      1.4 million kids die each year because of un clean water?! That’s insane?

    • volvosweetie

      That 783 million people do not have access to clean water.

    • Leila

      “1.4 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation.” Makes me want to scoop up all those little babies and give them a taste of pure water. –Moment of silence for the precious little souls who passed away today because of a lack of clean drinking water–

    • Deborah

      Plastic bottles can be harmful too!

    • 1.4 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation…disturbing!!!!

    • cindy

      The waterborne illnesses a year.

    • Robin C.

      Unclean water and poor sanitation result in around 4,000 deaths a day or one every 20 seconds! Wow.

    • jarz

      Can I build off of one of yours? Almost a quarter of the people who have access to cellphones don’t have access to proper sanitation.
      http://rt.com/news/toilet-phones-water-sanitation-663/

    • Ragen

      1.4 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation.

    • Debbie

      Children dying from drinking unclean water………..hard to believe and so sad.

    • It’s disturbing that 1.4 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation. It puts things in perspective when our biggest worry is where to grab a wifi signal.

    • mark harwell

      “there may be as many as 16 million waterborne illnesses a year associated with drinking water.” this is hard to imagine in the US.

    • crafty33

      The Most disturbing thing is that we take our water for granted, when others do not have clean water to drink

    • Ashley Carter

      It’s disturbing that we have access to clean water every day but their are millions of children that die every day from illnesses contracted through dirty water!

    • Mel

      1.4 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation. That is not ok!

    • allyg24

      too many people without clean water.

    • Donna

      That 1.4 million children die every year because of dirty water.

    • Lynn Wilkie

      That 1.4 million children are still dying every year from unclean water. That is just crazy!

    • Margaret Freeman

      the number of deaths caused by unclean water!

    • cher

      16 million waterborne illnesses a year associated with drinking water

    • dtcox1

      its a shame we buy water in bottles and its not clean and poor kids get sick from bad water

    • Theresa

      It saddens & disturbs me that 1.4 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation.

    • Sonya Lee Lindsey

      I find it disturbing that someone dies every 20 seconds due to unclean water and poor sanitation.

    • David

      A World Health Organization report actually states that 1.1 billion people lack access to an improved water supply. Further, there are 4 billion cases of diarrheal disease annually, of which the majority are caused by unsafe water, and this disease kills 1.8 million people a year. These are staggering statistics that continue to go unnoticed by the American public.

    • Becky

      That there is 16 million waterborne illnesses a year. So sad!

    • Kelly

      “According to research supported by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there may be as many as 16 million waterborne illnesses a year associated with drinking water.”
      You would think in a country such as ours that these illnesses wouldn’t/couldn’t happen.

    • Kristian W

      Definitely disturbed and saddened that one child dies every 20 seconds related to unclean water and sanitation issues.

    • Stephanie

      It baffles my mind that the are over 16 billion waterborne illnesses each year. I am a believer that a great number of these can be prevented, some due to improper irrigation and largely due to pollution. Awareness is the key to this. Great job PUR, for these facts.

    • shawn

      16 million waterborne illinesses, How awful!

    • jill

      4000 people die everyday due to lack of water and water conditions

    • CHRISSY

      The fact that there are 16 million waterborne illnesses a year associated with drinking water

    • 16 million waterborn illness? I thought i was safe drinking water.

    • Kate

      I am disturbed that one person dies every 20 seconds due to lack of clean water. Hopefully interventions such as these will change this sad fact. Keep up the great work!

    • Sandy J.

      Over 16 billion waterborne illnesses a year!!

    • debmb

      1 death every 20 seconds. Alarming!!

    • barb

      Oh, my, I had no idea there were so many airborne illnesses associated with water and here I have been going out of my way to drink more water!

    • Heidi

      I was shocked at the number of illnesses caused by contaminated water. That really scares me, especially as a mom.

    • Jesse

      plastic bottles can leave harmful contaminates in my family’s water!

    • Tracey

      The number of waterborne illnesses!

    • Erin

      That 783 million people dont have access to clean water

    • Jessica

      That so many deaths are caused by unclean water! When I went on a mission trip to Peru, we could not drink their water due to bacteria and how sick it would make us if we were to drink it!

    • esyke623

      How many people don’t have clean drinking water– I worry about the kids getting sick, especially!

    • sunny4u

      4,000 deaths a day or one every 20 seconds due to unclean water and poor sanitation.

    • theaikenparrs

      So many (preventable) deaths from unclean water and lack of sanitary conditions.

    • KT

      4,000 deaths a day or one every 20 seconds.SO Sad!

    • Cindy

      It’s sad that dirty water still causes so many deaths when it’s possible to filter that water for a whole village.

    • Benjamin Tran

      So many deaths in a day? geeze. It’d be nice to replace my old purifier with a new one! :)

    • TerryO

      4,000 children in developing countries die every day from illness and disease related to unsafe drinking water.

    • Teresa

      The fact that 1.4 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by poor water & sanitation conditions.

    • EgyptLyn

      I can’t believe how many children die every year due to unsanitary water conditions….That’s devastating.

    • Michelle

      I think the most disturbing fact is: This amounts to around 4,000 deaths a day or one every 20 seconds. – WOW.

    • penny

      I found it shocking but at the same time found it to be true from personal experience. I recently visited a country where the lack of clean water was an issue we experienced daily.

    • 4k death a day

    • Jean

      I find the number of children dying each year due to unsafe water and unsanitary conditions.

    • Tim

      I am amazed that 783 million people in the world do not have access to clean, safe water.

    • Sarah

      The fact that over 1/3 of the world’s population doesn’t have access to clean sanitation, and that well over 1/10th doesn’t have access to clean drinking water is beyond disturbing.

    • stickrn

      so many illnesses passed in water!

    • Jea

      The idea that in the 21st century that there are still such large numbers of people without clean drinking water.

    • wendyof

      Just the sheer number of people who can’t access clean drinking water is incomprehensible! How is this possible in 2013?!

    • Terry

      Unbelievable that 1.4 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by poor water and sanitation problems!

    • knightgang

      The idea of water born illnesses make me feel queazy!

    • Sarah Landers

      “This amounts to around 4,000 deaths a day or one every 20 seconds.” As a child welfare worker, I find this so sad!

    • apuckett524

      Bottled water isn’t as clean as we think!

    • lapcouponer

      Both the number of deaths and the fact bottled water is not all that clean.

    • Julia

      4000 people die every day because they don’t have clean water.

    • boxbot

      I can’t believe how many children die from unclean water, something we take for granted.

    • Meredith Lasch

      That 2.5 billion people don’t have adequate sanitation.

    • Lisa Edmondson

      the deaths that are caused by poor drinking water

    • Estela

      I think what hit me especially hard was the statistic on children and how many die because they don’t have water.

    • Jessica

      That 2.5 billion people don’t have adequate sanitation

    • Beth S

      That 783 million people don’t have access to clean drinking water! That’s heartbreaking!

    • stephc

      that someone dies every 20 seconds because of unclean water

    • Diane

      The number of children that die for lack of clean drinking water is a real eye opener.

    • Allison

      How many people don’t have clean drinking water.

    • Anon

      Bottled water bottles can cause harm!!

    • Lisa@akawest.com

      Someone dying every 20 seconds because of unclean water is unacceptable.

    • lisa

      16 million people a year sick due to water bourne illnesses

    • theecouponmom

      4,000 deaths a year, or every 20 seconds!!! That’s terrible

    • I find disturbing that 1.4 million die every year because od unclean water and poor sanitation.

    • Lesley Williams

      That 1.4 million children die each year due diseases found in the water supplies… WOW!

    • lina

      that there is 16 million waterborne illnesses a year!

    • Coopthefrog

      How unsafe our drinking water can be here at home

    • Erin

      It is so sad that there are so many that don’t have safe water to drink; makes me think of how much we take for granted here in the US. I appreciate what PUR is doing!

    • trungnguyen

      1.4 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation.

    • ecooleye

      over 4,000 children in developing countries die every day from illness and disease related to unsafe drinking water

    • Jennifer

      2.5 billion people don’t have adequate sanitation? That’s crazy!

    • BunnieE

      Our water is one of the many things we as Americans take for granted, until for some reason there isn’t any in the spicket. Our children have no idea what it is like to go to the well outside every time you need water for the inside. We never think of other people here in America who don’t have the luxury of having running water; those who now live in their cars, or anywhere they can find just to lay their heads down and sleep since losing their homes to this economy that has had no mercy for so many. Let us all remember this day that PUR water is what we ALL have to have in order to live, and when we support PUR we are also supporting our fellow man…..

    • 4,000 deaths a day….how sad..plus bottled water not safe….just crazy.

    • andrea

      The sheer number of people who don’t have basics such as clean water

    • Jennifer Flora

      I didn’t realize how many waterborne illnesses there were a year due to bottled water.

    • Alison

      “over 4,000 children in developing countries die every day from illness and disease related to unsafe drinking water”. I have been to remote parts of Ecuador and seen these areas, and it breaks my heart. I am VERY passionate about pure water worldwide!

    • Debbie

      I was familiar with the water situation in other parts of the world but never realized that we had so many waterborne illnesses here in the States.

    • Vonda

      My mother-n-law has a pur pitcher and I love it. Would love to have one.

    • Crissie

      I would love to have both and I could stop buying bottled water.

    • Candace

      Yes, let me win both please. I would love the Pur system.

    • Sara S

      I didn’t realize that plastic water bottles could be harmful.

    • Chrissi

      The amount of illnesses due to contaminated water

    • DERRICK

      There may be as many as 16 million waterborne illnesses a year associated with drinking water. That is scary to know so many people get sick.

    • HP Heather LadyHaven Magallane

      According to research supported by the Environmental Protection Agency
      and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there may be as many
      as 16 million waterborne illnesses a year associated with drinking water

    • Helen McNally

      1.4 Million Kids DIE every year from water diseases? Clean Water truly should be a staple to all families around the World!

    • there may be as many as 16 million waterborne illnesses a year associated with drinking water

    • $3958136

      I find it very sad that so many children die from something so easy to fix!

    • Karen

      One death every 20 seconds! Heartbreaking!

    • Emma

      1.4 Million Kids DIE every year from water diseases

    • bolton1

      1.4 million children dying from unclean water.

    • Kristi

      The amount of children that die from unclean drinking water

    • Kiki

      1.4 million die from unclean drinking water

    • pottsie

      the amount of children that die

    • Adam

      1.4 million dying

    • Mandy Vaiden Tilton

      That there could be as many as 16 million waterborne illnesses each year, yuck!

    • Joanna <

      “over 4,000 children in developing countries die every day from illness and disease related to unsafe drinking water” – that is so terrible! :-(

    • ndjimmyd

      The indescribable pain of a mother watching her children die from the water she had no choice but to give them.

    • Tracy

      Hard to believe that so many children do not have clean drinking water.

    • Amber

      The fact that so many children are dying every year from unclean water, really is so sad. Something that can be 100% preventable!

    • 16 million illnesses a year?! and bottles water isn’t any safer?! Where have I been?! I always believed that bottled water was safer! I would even refill the plastic bottles from the fountain while at the gym!

    • Del

      that 783 million people in the world do not have access to clean, safe water. and that American Idol is not getting very good ratings.

    • Mary Smith

      That there may be 16 million water borne illnesses a year.When I think about the sewer water being treated and rerun as drinking water,it makes me sick.People flush medicine every day and that too is in our water.

    • lil A’s mom

      16 million waterborne illnesses a year associated with drinking water

    • Tracey

      The numbers of sick children is disturbing.

    • tammyla

      the number of people that do not have access to clean water

    • Debbie

      It is so disturbing to learn that 1.4 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation.That breaks my heart.

    • Sheena Davis

      The number of sick children!!!

    • Kamaya

      16 million waterborne illnesses a year is too high. Something needs to be done immediately. No one should get sick from drinking water!

    • Tiffany

      1.4 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation. <<<< this makes me So so sad. You never think that stuff can happen. I can't imagine if I didn't have clean drinking water for my son!

    • kyle

      A death every 20 seconds just because they dont have clean water.horrible

    • kelly

      The entire article had me concerned. There should be no reason for people not to have clean drinking water.

    • A Z

      Ohhhh!! “1.4 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation.” Thankful that Pur is partnering to help . . .

    • jensave

      16 million waterborn illnesses per year from drinking water…YIKES!!

    • Sonya

      Plastics bottles that we take for granted to be safe can leach harmful chemicals into our water! You think you’re safe in the US from bad water, then you find out your bottle is bad for you!

    • It is so sad that there are 4,000 deaths a day.That really brothers me

    • Colleen Boudreau

      783 million people in the world do not have access to clean, safe water

    • Amie

      16 million waterborne illnesses a year!!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s astounding and disturbing to me!

    • Amy Z.

      It’s terrible that 1.4 million children die every year as a result of water-related diseases!

    • Allison

      That so many children die each year from unsafe drinking water.

    • Amy

      4000 Children a day……this is is heartbreaking. I was not aware of P&G’s partnership with CSDW and PUR. Maybe we will be lucky enough to see this statistic at a much lower number some day. You cannot live without water and nobody should die as a result of drinking it. I often think about what I would do if I won the lottery, what charity would be at the top of my list. Learning this has just changed my list.

    • PLASTIC BOTTLES CAN CONTAMINATE WATER!

    • I think they’re all equally disturbing. :/

    • Angela Yer

      It’s heartbreaking that 1.4 million children die every year.

    • Camiele

      That there are 16 million water-born illness a year.