1 in 10 people lack access to safe water
1 in 3 people lack access to a toilet
Women and children spend 125 million hours each day collecting water
Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease
Every $1 invested in water and sanitation provides a $4 economic return

Facts About Water & Sanitation

1 in 10 people lack access to safe water. 1 in 3 people lack access to a toilet. We are working to change this.

663 million people - 1 in 10 - lack access to safe water.1

2.4 billion people - 1 in 3 - lack access to a toilet.1

Twice the population of the United States lives without access to safe water.1,2

1/3 of the global population lives without access to a toilet.1,2

More people have a mobile phone than a toilet.1,3

The water crisis is the #1 global risk based on impact to society (as a measure of devastation), as announced by the World Economic Forum in January 2015. 4

Resource Links

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  1. World Health Organization and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP). (2015) Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation, 2015 Update and MDG Assessment.
  2. United States Census Bureau Estimates. (2015). United States and World Population Clock.
  3. International Telecommunication Union (ITU). (2015). The World in 2015 ICT Facts and Figures.
  4. World Economic Forum. (2015). Global Risks 2015 Report.