As an advocate for water conservation efforts and protecting the environment, Ally Tate has spent years researching and learning about the extreme lack of clean water across the globe.
Lack of access to clean water is especially prevalent in developing countries, currently affecting over 800 million people. Some of the other staggering numbers Ally Tate has researched about the clean water crisis include:
- More than 800,000 individuals will die each year from a water related disease or illness.
- Included in these 800,000 yearly deaths, the death of a child occurs every minute.
- One out of every five deaths of a child under the age of five is caused by a water related disease.
- Over half of all primary schools in developing countries do not have sufficient access to clean water and sanitation facilities.
- A person is able to survive three to four weeks without food but can only survive five to seven days without water.
Upon feeling great shock, concern, and heartbreak from these numbers, Ally Tate compared these findings with water usage in the United States.
- Across the U.S. individuals drink about 110 million gallons of water every day.
- In California, landscaping efforts make up nearly half of the water usage for the average home.
- Individuals leaving the water running while brushing their teeth can waste about 5 gallons of water on each occurrence.
- Having a leaky faucet can waste up to 100 gallons per day.
- Showering and bathing take up the largest percentage of indoor uses for clean water at 27 percent.
When Ally Tate shows these numbers to individuals previously unaware of the severity of the clean water crisis, they are usually left feeling guilty and speechless. However, Ally Tate encourages these individuals to speak up about these problems and learn how to better conserve water and make a difference. This can include learning about water conservation tips as well as supporting and working with various charities and organizations working to provide clean water for all.