Data and Statistics

Drinking water

Author:
UNICEF
Source:
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
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Publication Year:
2019
April 22, 2020
  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

This is some general data information about drinking water according to UNICEF.

In 2017, seven out of ten people used a safely managed drinking water service.

Universal access to safe drinking water is a fundamental need and human right. Securing access for all would go a long way in reducing illness and death, especially among children. Since 2000, 1.6 billion people have gained access to basic drinking water services, such as piped water into the home or a protected dug well. In 2017, 785 million people still lack a basic water service and among them 144 million people still collected drinking water directly from rivers, lakes and other surface water sources. The data reveal pronounced disparities, with the poorest and those living in rural areas least likely to use a basic service.

“Safely managed” water services represent an ambitious new rung on the ladder used to track progress on drinking water. In 2017, 5.3 billion people used safely managed services, i.e. accessible on premises, available when needed and free from contamination. A further 1.4 billion used a ‘basic’ water service, i.e. improved sources within 30 minutes per round trip to collect water. Over a quarter of a billion (206 million) used a ‘limited’ service where water collection from an improved source exceeded 30 minutes. In most countries the burden of water collection continues to fall mainly to women and girls.

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