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No Water Access

The biggest number of the more than 800 milli0n people with no access to at least basic drinking water live in India, followed by Ethiopia, Nigeria and China.

Eritrea has the lowest rate of people with access to clean water, less than 20%. Papua New Guinea, Uganda and Ethiopia follow with just below 40%. The worst European country is Serbia, where almost 10% of the population don’t have access to clean water.

Providing access to clean water and sanitation is one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of people around the world, an alarming figure that is projected to increase with the rise of global temperatures as a result of climate change. Although 2.1 billion people have gained access to improved water sanitation since 1990, dwindling supplies of safe drinking water is a major problem impacting every continent.


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Technical Notes

Territory size shows the proportion of people living with no reliable access to safe drinking water in 2015.

Data sources
This map uses data by the World Health Organization’s Global Health Observatory (Water and sanitation) (last accessed March 2018). We aim to map as complete data as possible and therefore estimate data for missing values. In some cases, missing data for very small territories is not used in the cartogram and that area is therefore omitted in the map.

Further notes on the data, as well as all modifications to the original data source are noted in our data sheets. Data for this map will soon be available as a download.

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