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At least 1.1 billion people in the world lack access to safe drinking water. In villages throughout Africa, the absence of infrastructure to provide safe drinking water means that people often have to walk several kilometers every day to fetch water from nearby streams and bring it back home for drinking, cooking, and cleaning. In many cases, it is Africa's women and girls who bear the burden of carrying water. Since water is crucial for survival, water collection sometimes forces girls to miss school.

In the MV Sim, the amount of water collected by the family depends on how many effort-hours you dedicate to it, as well as the health of the people who put in that effort. Healthy adults can collect around 6 liters for an hour walk, and each adult needs around 14 liters of water a day. When a water pump is installed in the village, water is available easily, so families no longer need to dedicate effort to collect water.

For more information:
UN Millennium Project's Task Force on Water & Sanitation