Safe drinking water, sanitation MDG will be met but inequalities in access remain

July 17, 2017

"However, the report stresses, even though good progress has been made, at the current rate, 672 million people will still not be using improved drinking water sources in 2015," a UNICEF press release states, noting "there are many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Southern Asia, Eastern Asia and South-Eastern Asia that are not on track to meet the target despite progress." The report also found poor rural populations had the least access to drinking water; access to water does not mean it is safe for consumption; and climate change poses threats to existing and future water infrastructure, according to the press release (12/20).

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