For many of us, water is readily available whenever we need it and we tend to think nothing of leaving the faucet running for several minutes at a time, even though it might only need to be turned on for a few seconds.

Spare a thought, then, for the 844 million people on Earth who have no access to a source of drinking water. That may seem incomprehensible to us, but it’s the harsh reality of life for 11% of the world’s population.

This info-graphic from Nature’s Water looks at the grim scenario of fresh water scarcity for people in impoverished countries and offers a few thoughts on how global water inequality can be addressed constructively.