The facts in figures

– 1.2 billion people around the world have no access to clean water. The same applies to 40 percent of farmers on the southern shores of the Mediterranean. – More than 6,000 children around the world die every day from diseases related to the lack or poor quality of water. – The Mediterranean Basin has lost half its wetlands. – Forty to 45 percent of the water consumed by households in the developed world is used for flushing toilets or other purposes that do not require clean water. – A tap left to drip for a year uses enough water to fill a bathtub 35 times. – A leaking cistern uses as much water in one day as one person drinks in 50 days. – Letting the water in a washbasin run for one minute while brushing your teeth wastes enough water to fill 10 large bottles.