It is easy to take access to clean water for granted. Currently too many people are denied the right to clean water and sanitation, leading to preventable death and disease. Progress has been made but the need remains.
748 million people, approximately 1 in 10 of the world’s population, do not have access to safe water.
An estimated 2.5 billion people, or 1 in 3 of the world's population, do not have access to adequate sanitation.
More than 840,000 people die each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene-related causes.
Around 500,000 children die every year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation - that's over 1,400 children a day. It is the 2nd biggest killer of children under five years old worldwide.
Women and children spend 140 million hours each day collecting water.
An estimated $260 billion is lost globally each year due to lack of adequate water supply and sanitation.
A GOOD INVESTMENT
Provision of water supply brings significant benefits that far outweigh the costs. Benefit-to-cost ratios have been estimated as high as 7:1 for basic water and sanitation services in developing countries.
Hygiene promotion is the most cost effective health intervention according to the World Bank.
Hygienic practices such as washing hands with soap can reduce the risk of diarrhoea by 50%.