Global Health Observatory (GHO) data

Use of basic and safely managed drinking water services

Situation and trends

In 2015, 71 per cent of the global population (5.2 billion people) used a safely managed drinking water service; that is, an improved drinking water source located on premises, available when needed and free from contamination. 844 million people still lacked even a basic drinking water service, defined as drinking water from an improved source, provided collection time is not more than 30 minutes for a round trip.

From 2000-2015 the global population using at least basic drinking water services increased by 1.5 billion people, or 0.49 percentage points per year.


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