Although we take it for granted, sanitation is a physical measure that has probably done more to increase human life span than any kind of drug or surgery.
Deepak Chopra

The earth is a closed system, similar to a terrarium, meaning that it rarely loses or gains extra matter. The same water that existed on the earth millions of years ago is still present today. source

A person can live about a month without food, but only about a week without water. source

Nearly 1 out of every 5 deaths under the age of 5 worldwide is due to a water-related disease. source

Producing 1 kg rice… requires about 3,500 litres of water, 1 kg beef [requires] 15,000 litres. source

Someone living in a country like Australia consumes 30–50 times more water than someone living in a developing country. source

Approximately 85 to 95 per cent of rainfall in Australia is lost to evaporation or transpiration. source


UN Water: facts and information about current situations. The interactive maps (Key Water Indicator Portal) are really interesting (secondary students).

United Nations, Water for Life: heaps of information, interactive discussions and resources for all ages. There are also videos, games and posters.

World Water Council: current events, forums for discussion and a library of information. Suitable for senior secondary students.

Water.org: information and statistics on the global situation.

International Decade for Action “Water for Life”: information, fact sheets, games, videos and stories that can help you to learn more about water and inspire you and those around you to take action.

Water Footprint Network: do you know how much water was used to grow your food and to produce your clothes and the things you buy?  Find out here!

Water Changes Everything: short animated video.

The Groundwater Story: animated video which illustrates the importance of groundwater to living things and how to protect this resource (for younger students).

What does your shower mean to you?: 3 minute video giving statistics for Melbourne Australia and how much water is used for a shower.

A Day in the Life of Lucy: 4 minute video which examines the daily activities of a young girl from Uganda.

The Adventures of Super Toilet:  funny animation about safe water and sanitation (9 mins 24s).

Every Drop Counts:  an animated video, created by a student for students.

Last Call at the Oasis: view the trailer.

Drinking Water and Sanitation Quiz: for us, having access to drinking water is easy, but it’s not for everyone in the world.  How much do you know about this?

Play the following games:

Test Your Watersense – check what you know about water.

Go with the Flow – learn about how a river flows.

Catchment Detox – see if you can successfully manage a river catchment and create a sustainable and thriving economy.

Water Use it Wisely – has many water-related games.

Free app games available from * ITunes, # Google Play, or **both stores:

Save my Water **

iSaveH2O  *

Water1der *

Let the Poo Thru **

Operation Aqua *

Project Desal *

Water Flow *

Measure Water Flow #

Captain Plop **

Run the River **

Where’s my Water? **

Where’s my Water 2? **

Ryan’s Well Foundation: be inspired by this Canadian boy who has built 238 water wells in eleven countries.

Other learning resources

A Fairer World has posters, classroom activities, books, DVDs and web links on global issues such as water and sanitation. Contact us for a complete list of resources available free or on loan to members.

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