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The American Water Crisis

There exists a clean water crisis in the United States.  More than ⅕ of all Americans have been exposed to contaminated drinking water in the past 10 years.  Every year in the US, water borne diseases create 7.15 million illnesses, causing 6,630 deaths for a cost of $3.3 billion to the healthcare system.  Nearly $260 billion is lost every year due to lack of water sanitation.

Climate change is making the problem worse.  Usable water is already rare; less than 0.5% of the planet’s water is fresh and available for human use.  The average American uses 82 gallons of water per day.  Now, rising sea levels are compromising freshwater resources with salt deposits.  Changing rain and evaporation patterns will cause 1 in 4 children to live in water stressed areas by 2040.  Natural disasters involving water are increasing in frequency as well. 
Water is the most important resource on the planet. Human life depends on water in several ways.  Effective, economical filters are a more crucial investment than ever before.  The most powerful filters can remove over 99.99% of pathogenic bacteria and viruses.  Some large scale economical filters can serve as many as 150 people.

Water is Life Infographic by BerkeyFilters.com