Clean, accessible water is essential to live a healthy life, and there is sufficient fresh water on the planet to achieve this. But due to bad economics or poor infrastructure, every year millions of people, most of them children, die from diseases associated with inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene.
Therefore Sustainable Development Goal 6 is to ensure access to water and sanitation for all by 2030.
Water scarcity, poor water quality and inadequate sanitation negatively impact food security, livelihood choices and educational opportunities for poor families across the world. Drought afflicts some of the world’s poorest countries, worsening hunger and malnutrition, and is likely to be made worse as global warming continues.
By 2050, at least one in four people is likely to live in a country affected by chronic or recurring shortages of fresh water.