March 19-25, 2012 is world water week. UNICEF’s Tap Project will ask restaurants to ask their customers if they will pay $1.00 for the glass of water that comes with their meal. UNICEF estimates that each dollar is the equivalent of 40 days of clean water for a child. They calculate that 4100 children die daily due to water borne diseases. Approximately 900 million people do not have access to safe water. About 2.5 billion people are without adequate sanitation.

Water access and sanitation cannot be completely resolved because of droughts that regionally affect many parts of the world. On a relative scale it is a problem that can mostly be alleviated with relatively little investment.

When Bill Gates decided to do charitable work on a full time basis he wanted to concentrate on large problems that could be substantially solved in a relatively short period of time. He applied…

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