© Olivier Föllmi

Carrying water, Rajasthan, India.
The tedious daily carrying of water is also an opportunity for women from Rajasthan to enjoy cheerful evening meetings at the well.

One-third of women in Egypt walk more than 
an hour a day for water; in other parts of Africa, women spend as much 
as eight hours collecting water. 
The average distance walked by women in Africa 
in search of water is 6 kilometers a day.

In Africa, household water use averages 
47 litres per person. In Asia, the average is 95 litres. In  the  United  Kingdom the average is 334 litres per person per day and in the United States the  average is 578  litres per person per day.

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations UNFPA