Drinking Water and Sanitation Around the World

About 42% of the world’s population, or 2.6 billion people, live in families with no proper means of sanitation, and 1.1 billion do not have access to safe drinking water. Lack of water supply and sanitation services kills about 4,500 children a day.

Drinking Water: Percentage with
Access to Safe Drinking Water
Sanitation: Percentage with
Access to Basic Sanitation
Region19902002
World77%83%
Developed countries10098
Eurasia9293
Developing countries7179
 Northern Africa8890
 Sub-Saharan Africa4958
 Latin America and
the Caribbean
8389
 Eastern Asia7278
 South Asia7184
 Southeastern Asia7379
 Western Asia8388
 Oceania5152

 

 

Region19902002
World49%58%
Developed countries10098
Eurasia8483
Developing countries3449
 Northern Africa6573
 Sub-Saharan Africa3236
 Latin America and
the Caribbean
6975
 Eastern Asia2445
 South Asia2037
 Southeastern Asia4861
 Western Asia7979
 Oceania5855

 

 

Source: WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation.

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