• The Earth & I Editorial Team

Billions of People Still Suffer from Lack of Household Water, Sanitation

Global data from WHO and UNICEF finds household access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene remains a challenge in parts of the world. 


Lack of Household Water and Sanitation   ©The Earth & I
  1. In 2020, 90% of the world’s population had access to at least “basic” drinking water services, such as pipes and wells. This was up from 88% in 2015.  

  2. However, 2 billion people lack access to “safely managed” domestic drinking water, or water that is clean, uncontaminated, and accessible at home. 

  3. About 80% of people who lack drinking water services live in rural areas.