17% of humanity is without access to clean water
The luxury of clean water is a privilege so many take for granted today. We can obtain clean, fresh water with the turn of a faucet or even the flip of a switch. However, finding clean water is a global challenge that affects billions of people worldwide. Without access to clean water, basic human needs are not met, illnesses plague villages and cities, and opportunity for growth is inhibited.
Water provides for everyday needs, including cooking, growing, bathing, and cleaning. If the water used for these is contaminated or unclean, people aren't fed, can't safely bathe, and are unable to sanitize household items.
Status of Improvement
91% of the worldwide population uses an improved source of water – one that protects from external contamination – up from 76% in 1990.
The number of people who don't have access to purified water has dropped to 663 million – the lowest amount recorded in history.
Challenges Still Faced
There are still the 663 million people who do not have an improved drinking water source, most of whom are poor and live in rural areas in developing countries.
Questions are also posed as to the safety of this ‘improved’ drinking water, which may not always be free of contaminants and or provide as a reliable source of water throughout the year.