AquaFed calculates that at least half of the worldwide population does not have access to safe drinking water. Private water operators are collaborating with the international community to better understand the real needs and allocate/align/ the appropriate resources.
There are no official statistics on the number of people who have access to water that is really safe. Based on Millennium Development Goals targets, the international community has mainly considered the number of people who have access to ‘improved water sources’. In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that 91% of the world’s population had access to an improved drinking-water source.
But ‘improved sources’ are not necessarily safe:
The WHO acknowledged also that at least 1.8 billion people use a drinking-water source that is contaminated with feces[source].
Even where the source is good, water can be contaminated while being transported or stored, especially in areas where sanitation is inadequate.
Unsafe drinking water services expose individuals to preventable health risks, such as cholera, diarrhea, dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid and polio.
Based on recent UN statistics and on data from its members as field practitioners, AquaFed believes that several billions of people representing more than half of the world population are concerned.
Since its creation, AquaFed has been cooperating with the international community
to improve the assessment of the real needs, particularly in emerging countries where MDG target are not not comparable with those in developed countries.
to accelerate programmes for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals 6 of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with the objective to achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all.
1/ AquaFed's Estimation of the Needs
AquaFed estimates that today roughly half the people in the world have no assurance that the water that they use is safe and that even more have their human right to safe drinking water unsatisfied.
Since 2007AquaFed has been continuously advocating for more ambitious policies and working on better identification of the needs.
In the 6th World Water Forum, AquaFed made two major commitments:
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