Do you drink water?
Probably. In fact, everyone drinks water.
Do you know where your water comes from? How it gets to you? What's in it? Probably not. Only 32% of people are aware of their own source of water.
It isn't only drinking water that affects your health, but water for hygienic purposes, for hospitals, for power generation, to grow healthy food, to transport waste and effluent, and more!
Water shapes our lives in so many ways, yet so many are at a distinct disadvantage because they don't have access to this crucial resource.
One of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals
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Below are resources to help everyone learn more about the water in their lives, and how the rest of the people on our planet use water.
Everyone has to drink water, but there are vast differences in the quality of the water available to people in different places.
For anyone living in the United States, the Safe Drinking Water Information System (SDWIS) contains information about public water systems and their violations of EPA's drinking water regulations.
The Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (JMP) has reported country, regional and global estimates of progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene since 1990; and maintains an extensive global database.
Our World in Data provides a variety of phenomenal reports, interactive maps, charts, and diagrams explaining massive amounts of data collected across the globe. This is their section on clean drinking water and water used for sanitation.
Water is used for so many other important things besides drinking.
Our food, electricity, natural ecosystems, transit, textiles and practically every other industry must utilize enormous amounts of water to operate.
Aquamaps is a great tool for analyzing land usage and comparing water management across countries and indicators. Includes data on hydropower, geospatial water systems, water usage, land usage, and more.
The Conscious Challenge has a variety of resources and videos on how much water the textile industry uses, something also known as virtual water, since it isn't something the consumer directly utilizes, but is still part of the supply chain.
The Water Footprint Assessment Tool allows users to view a global map of water usage, filtered by industry. You can see which geographic locations use more water for agriculture, industries, consumer, commercial, and more!
Pollution & Access
The major problem with water around the world is that its either too dirty or it doesn't exist. Access to clean water is just about the most basic thing to being a human, so access and pollution are important factors to keep an eye on.
The Global Freshwater Quality Database GEMStat provides scientifically-sound data and information on the state and trend of global inland water quality. Find interactive maps, infographs, metadata and more to help you learn more about water anywhere in the world.
NRDC was founded in 1970 by a group of law students and attorneys at the forefront of the environmental movement. Today's leadership team and board of trustees makes sure the organization continues to work to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities.
Data.gov federates data from hundreds of sources, including federal government, cities, counties, states, and universities. The catalogue allows you to search and browse datasets related to many topics, but this specific catalogue is focused on water and climate change.