When it goes wrong

Signs of system failure

Untreated sewage contaminates water for drinking, bathing, swimming, and growing food. It causes disease and death, degrades our natural resources, and endangers plant and marine life. It’s a massive problem that is becoming more urgent as our global population increases—and as water becomes more scarce

Deadly disease

Nearly 90% of diarrheal deaths are due to unsafe sanitation. Wherever there are gaps in the sanitation service chain, human waste can flow into water sources. This contamination contributes to the spread of bacteria, viruses, and parasites which cause diarrhea.    

Without access to treatment, diarrhea is a leading cause of death for children under 5, killing more than 500,000 each year—or 800 children every day.