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WEBPOSTED: August 15, 2002

New Report Looks at Global Water Crisis Death Toll
76 Million Could Perish From Water-Related Disease by 2020

Over 76 million people will perish from water-related disease by 2020 unless urgent action is taken, according to a new report released today by the Pacific Institute of Oakland, California. The report finds that water-related diseases could claim more lives than the global AIDS pandemic by 2020 unless major changes are made.

The report, "Dirty Water: Estimated Deaths from Water-Related Diseases 2000-2020," looks at three different scenarios and concludes that even if we achieve the United Nations Millennium Goals, which aim to cut the proportion of people without clean drinking water by half, 34 to 76 million people could perish over the next twenty years.

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