In their Summary Progress 2021 report, UN’s SDG 6 Indicators¹ demonstrate our inability to address the global water crisis.
Drinking Water: 2 billion people (26% of the world’s population) lacked safely managed drinking water services in 2020.
Sanitation: 3.6 billion people (46% of the world’s population) lacked safely managed services, and 494 million people practiced open defecation in 2020.
Hygiene: 2.3 billion people (29% of the world’s population) lacked a basic handwashing facility with soap and water at home in 2020.
Wastewater: Globally 44% of the household waste is not safely treated.
Water Quality: Over 3 billion people lack water quality data, posing a significant health risk because the health of their rivers, lakes and groundwater is unknown.
As we go through various variants of COVID-19, the need for water to sanitize our hands only increases. What if you live in a region where COVID-19 is running wild and you lack handwashing capabilities?