The following is a press release courtesy of USAID:
In celebration of World Water Day on March 22nd, Missy Franklin and Nathan Adrian filmed a video with the U.S. Agency for International Development in support of their efforts to provide safe drinking water and sanitation to millions throughout the developing world.
(Note: you can view the video above).
Worldwide, 748 million people lack access to an improved drinking water source, and 2.2 billion people lack access to improved sanitation. Nearly one million children under five years of age die from diarrhea each year, and nearly 90 percent of diarrhea is attributed to unsafe drinking water, inadequate sanitation, and poor hygiene. For families around the world, waterborne illness means lost income, malnourishment, or the death of a child.
USAID and its partners are working to save lives and advance development through improvements in access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene. USAID has helped bring safe water and sanitation to more than 50 million people, while assisting communities, governments and the private sector to plan, manage and distribute water more equitably and affordably. By 2018, USAID seeks to provide 10 million more people with sustainable access to an improved drinking water source; 6 million more with improved sanitation facilities; and 2 million more with improved water management for agriculture.
Learn more at: http://www.usaid.gov/world-