- Created: Monday, 09 July 2012 09:46
- Written by Una Martone
Today, 1.1 billion people—nearly 20 percent of the world population—lack access to safe, clean drinking water, and 2.6 billion people lack access to basic sanitation facilities. Lack of safe water and adequate sanitation exacerbates the spread of preventable waterborne illnesses that result in the death of about 6,000 people every day, the majority of whom are children. Moreover, these circumstances are leading contributors to worldwide poverty and social instability.