Watershed Moment for Water Rights

As many as 1 billion in India live in areas lacking adequate water—yet the country is the world’s third largest groundwater exporter, a report published today by WaterAid reveals.
Huge amounts of water are used in food and clothing that are exported, while poor communities struggle to meet daily needs, Thomson Reuters Foundation reports.
The 2019 UN World Water Development Report, also released today, explores strategies to help the poorest communities.
“The misperception is that they don't have water because they can't afford it—and that is completely wrong,” says UNESCO’s editor-in-chief Rick Connor, who adds that some people spend up to 30% of their salaries on water. While rich residents just turn on a tap, poor people living in slums often pay 10-20 times more for their water bought from trucks, kiosks and other vendors.

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