Nearly 750 million people are still without access to safe drinking water, according to UNICEF, despite Millennium Development Goal (MDG) gains.
With about 2.3 billion gaining improved access to drinking water since 1990, the world met the water MDG 5 years ahead of the 2015 deadline—halving the count of people without access to adequate drinking water. Now just 3 countries remain (Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mozambique and Papua New Guinea) with more than 1/2 the population lacking access to improved drinking water.
Of those without access, 90% live in rural areas, pointing to persistent disparities in progress.
Nearly 1,000 children die every day from diarrheal diseases linked to unsafe drinking water, poor sanitation or poor hygiene.