Facts about water
In 2015, 91% of the world’s population had access to an improved drinking-water source, compared with 76% in 1990.
2.6 billion people have gained access to an improved drinking-water source since 1990.
4.2 billion people now get water through a piped connection; 2.4 billion access water through other improved sources including public taps, protected wells and boreholes.
663 million people rely on unimproved sources, including 159 million dependent on surface water.
Globally, at least 1.8 billion people use a drinking-water source contaminated with faeces.
Contaminated water can transmit diseases such diarrhoea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio. Contaminated drinking-water is estimated to cause 502 000 diarrhoeal deaths each year.
By 2025, half of the world’s population will be living in water-stressed areas.
In low- and middle-income countries, 38% of health care facilities lack any water source, 19% do not have improved sanitation and 35% lack water and soap for handwashing.