Facts and Statistics

The Ganges river in India is considered the most polluted river in the world and contains dirt, garbage, dead animals and humans.
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An estimated 1000 children die every day in India due to polluted water.
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In India alone, the single largest cause of ill health and death among children is diarrhea, which kills nearly half a million children each year.
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According to various surveys in India and Africa, 20-50% of wells contain nitrate1 levels greater than 50mg/1 and in some cases as high as several hundred milligrams per liter.
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In Chennai, India, over-extraction of groundwater has resulted in saline groundwater nearly 10 km inland of the sea and similar problems can be found in populated coastal areas around the world.
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From the northern Himalayas to the sandy, palm-fringed beaches in the south, 600 million people – nearly half India’s population – face acute water shortage, with close to 200,000 dying each year from polluted water.
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Water pollution is a major challenge in India, with nearly 70 percent of India’s water contaminated, impacting three in four Indians and contributing to 20 percent of the country’s disease burden.
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Only one-third of its wastewater in India is currently treated, meaning raw sewage flows into rivers, lakes and ponds – and eventually gets into the groundwater.
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21 major cities, including New Delhi and India’s IT hub of Bengaluru, will run out of groundwater by 2020, affecting 100 million people.
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Crippling water problems could shave 6 percent off India’s gross domestic product.
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By 2030 India’s water supply will be half of the demand.
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Only 70 percent of India’s states treat less than half of their wastewater.
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The Environmental Performance Index 2014, generated by researchers at Yale University in the US, has bracketed India among “bottom performers” on several indicators such as environmental health impact, air quality, water and sanitation.
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The Ganga and Yamuna are ranked among the world’s 10 most polluted rivers.
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A 2015 report by the Centre for Science and Environment, a Delhi-based NGO, says the decline in the country’s overall environmental standards was because of river pollution, which is worse now than it was three decades ago, piling garbage in cities and increasingly toxic urban air.
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Almost 80% of the water bodies in India are highly polluted.
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It is estimated that cities with populations of more than one lakh people generate around 16,662 million litres of wastewater in a day. Strangely enough, 70% of the people in these cities have access to sewerage facilities. Cities and towns located on the banks of Ganga generate around 33% of wastewater generated in the country.
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80% stomach ailments in India happen because of consuming polluted water.
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An alarming 80% of India’s surface water is polluted.
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75-80% of water pollution by volume is from domestic sewerage, while untreated sewerage flowing into water bodies including rivers have almost doubled in recent years.
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