The water source closest to her village is unprotected and dirty.
The food she prepares will be contaminated.
Her family will get skin diseases from bathing.
Her children will get life-threatening diarrhea.
Even if a well providing fresh, clean water is built in her community, it will likely be broken within a year and take months to be repaired.
WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (2017). Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene: 2000-2017: Special focus on inequalities. [online] Available at: https://www.who.int/
Every day, women and girls collectively spend 200 million hours, or 22,800 years, fetching water.
UNICEF press release, (2016). [online] Available at: http://www.unicef.org/
Each year, children miss 443 million school days due to water-related illnesses.
UNDP, (2006). Human Development Report; Beyond Scarcity: Power, poverty and the global water crisis. [online] Available at: http://hdr.undp.org/
It is estimated that around 1/3 of handpumps in Africa are not functioning at any given time.
Rural Water Supply Network, (2010). Myths of the rural water supply sector. Rural Water Supply Network Perspectives No. 4. [online] Available at: http://www.rural-water-supply.net/