2.1 billion people lack safe drinking water at home, more than twice as many lack safe sanitation

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12 July 2017 – Geneve / New York

Some 3 in 10 people worldwide, or 2.1 billion, lack access to safe, readily available water at home, and 6 in 10, or 4.5 billion, lack safely managed sanitation, according to a new report by WHO and UNICEF.

The Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) report, Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene: 2017 update and Sustainable Development Goal baselines, presents the first global assessment of “safely managed” drinking water and sanitation services. The overriding conclusion is that too many people still lack access, particularly in rural areas.

Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene. Report

Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene. Annexes