Our earth is surrounded by huge water bodies and yet there is severe dearth of fresh water. There is plenty of water in the oceans and seas, but they are not the sources of drinking water. Fresh water is available only in lakes, rivers, streams, bogs and ponds.
Most amount of the fresh water is present in the form of glaciers, ice caps and ice sheets.
Fresh water is an essential requirement for everyone around the world, but obtaining it is a most challenging task. This infographic illustrates some important facts and figures related to fresh water.
The amount of fresh water in the world is limited.
Political borders cannot restrict the flow of water.
In sub-Saharan Africa, the burden of water collection falls mostly on women and girls.
Insufficient supply and unhygienic water contribute to millions of deaths across the world.
20% of the water is spent on agricultural needs, 60% for hydroelectric power and other energy needs.