748 million people lack access to unpolluted sources of drinking water, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In addition, the WHO reports that 1.8 billion people use a fecally contaminated source of drinking water, 2.5 billion lack access to better sanitation services, and over 840,000 people die annually from water-related illnesses.
In developing countries, polluted water is the number one cause of death, causing diseases such as cholera, hepatitis, typhoid fever, malaria, ascariosis, dengue fever and many other lethal diseases. In reality, according to the WHO, polluted water is the number one public health issue worldwide based on its effects on society. Fortunately, the WHO predicts that with improved water supply and sanitation, 10 percent of the global disease burden could be avoided. In view of this a range of inventions and innovations are offering rising solutions to this issue.
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