World Water Day: Key facts everyone should know about water

  The theme this year is “Leaving no one behind,” which is the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: as sustainable development progresses, everyone must benefit.

  Key facts & Figures about water

  · 2.1 billion people live without safe water at home.

  · One in four primary schools have no drinking water service, with pupils using unprotected sources or going thirsty.

  · More than 700 children under five years of age die every day from diarrhoea linked to unsafe water and poor sanitation.

  · Globally, 80% of the people who have to use unsafe and unprotected water sources live in rural areas.

  · Women and girls are responsible for water collection in eight out of ten households with water off-premises.

  · For the 68.5 million people who have been forced to flee their homes, accessing safe water services is highly problematic.

  · Around 159 million people collect their drinking water from surface water, such as ponds and streams.

  · Around 4 billion people – nearly two-thirds of the world’s population – experience severe water scarcity during at least one month of the year.

  (Source: UN)

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