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Share of populations using arsenic contaminated drinking water by country 2017

In 2017, approximately 26 percent of the population of Bangladesh used drinking water sources that exceeded recommended arsenic limits to meet their water needs. This toxic element has entered many groundwater sources across that country, exposing approximately 40 million people.

Water pollution is an increasing environmental concern around the world, with millions of people living without access to safe water.

Share of populations using drinking water exceeding recommended arsenic limits in 2017, by select country*

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Release date

June 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2017

Supplementary notes

*Drinking water sources that exceeds the WHO standard for arsenic of 10 parts per billion.
In Bangladesh and Pakistan, the national standard for arsenic in drinking water is 50 parts per billion.

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