Global population with access to improved drinking water sources by region 2015

Proportion of the population with access to at least basic and limited drinking water services globally in 2015, by region

by T. Wang, last edited Sep 5, 2017
Global population with access to improved drinking water sources by region 2015 The statistic shows the proportion of the population with access to at least basic and limited drinking water services in selected world regions in 2015. That year, 91 percent of the population in Northern Africa had access at least basic drinking water services.
Access to safe drinking water

Improved drinking water refers to a source that can be adequately protected from outside contamination, mostly by fecal matter. An improved sanitation facility keeps human waste out of reach, for example, by using a flush toilet or a septic tank. These protected sources include rainwater, protected springs, and piped water into a dwelling. Global investments in water supply infrastructure are expected to increase. Investment targeting distribution infrastructure is projected to reach 61 billion U.S. dollars by 2016.

In most regions of the world, almost 90 percent of the population has access to at least basic drinking water services. However, only 58 percent of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa and 52 percent of the population in Oceania have basic access. In Sub-Saharan Africa, about 22 percent of people only have access to unimproved water sources and 10 percent only have access to surface waters. Unimproved water sources include bottled water and tanker-trucks. Currently, more than 600 million people still lack access to safe water and 2.4 billion have no access to a toilet. Additionally, about one-third of healthcare facilities in low- and middle-income countries are lacking safe water sources. A lack of access to safe water is considered one of the top risks based on impact to global societies.
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Proportion of the population with access to at least basic and limited drinking water services globally in 2015, by region

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