10 facts about water scarcity

March 2009

Woman carrying water in a bucket
WHO/Marko Kokic

Water is an essential resource for life and good health. A lack of water to meet daily needs is a reality today for one in three people around the world.

Globally, the problem is getting worse as cities and populations grow, and the needs for water increase in agriculture, industry and households.

This fact file highlights the health consequences of water scarcity, its impact on daily life and how it could impede international development. It urges everyone to be part of efforts to conserve and protect the resource.

Read the fact file

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