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#WorldWaterDay: This is How Access to Clean Water Affects You

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#WorldWaterDay: This is How Access to Clean Water Affects You

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Billions of people in the world still don’t have access to clean safe water. The United Nations identifies sex and gender Race, ethnicity, religion, birth, caste, language, and nationality Disability, age and health status Property, tenure, residence, economic and social status as key barriers to safe water.

In cities across Nigeria, property and residence factors determine your access to water with many households still struggling to integrate clean safe water systems.

Economic factors also play an important role because the poorest set of people across African countries still have to walk miles to access water facilities like borehole etc.

Friday is World Water Day and we all need to acknowledge the impact of access to water in our societies.

Here are the numbers

2.1 billion people live without safe water at home.

One in four primary schools have no drinking water service, with pupils using unprotected sources or going thirsty.

More than 700 children under five years of age die every day from diarrhoea linked to unsafe water and poor sanitation.

Women and girls are responsible for water collection in eight out of ten households with water off-premises.

Around 4 billion people – nearly two-thirds of the world’s population – experience severe water scarcity during at least one month of the year.

Around 159 million people collect their drinking water from surface water, such as ponds and streams.

For the 68.5 million people who have been forced to flee their homes, accessing safe water services is highly problematic.

Source: UN-Water: World Water Day Theme

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