How many people don't have access to clean water?
Nearly 1.5 times the population of the United States lives without a household water connection. These people, in particular women and children, must spend time to get water, instead of working or going to school or caring for their families.
The power of water
Access to safe water can protect and save lives, just because it's there. Access to safe water has the power to turn time spent into time saved, when it's close and not hours away. Access to safe water can turn problems into potential: unlocking education, economic prosperity, and improved health.
Every human being deserves to define their own future, and water makes that possible. To lessen the impact of water shortages tomorrow, we must expand access to water today. We've transformed more than 60 million lives with access to safe water or sanitation, and together we can reach even more people.
- World Health Organization and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme. (2021). Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation, 2021 Update and MDG Assessment.
- World Economic Forum. (2021). The Global Risks Report 2021