Clean Water and Sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Access to clean water and safe sanitation is essential to the health of all people; however, only half of households around the world have access to clean water—and the number of people without adequate sanitation is increasing every year.

Each day, nearly 1,000 children die due to preventable water and sanitation-related diseases.

Thanks to global development efforts, 2.6 billion people have gained access to improved drinking water sources since 1990, but 663 million people are still left behind. About 1 in 3 people in the world still live without basic sanitation services, such as toilets or latrines.

As of fall 2018, there were 65 long-term drinking water advisories in effect in Indigenous communities in Canada, though 67 have been lifted since 2015.

By ensuring access to clean water and sanitation, we can improve the health and livelihoods of millions of people around the world by 2030.

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"Thousands have lived without love, not one without water." - W.H. Auden

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As of fall 2018, 65+ Indigenous communities in Canada have long term drinking water advisories.