World Vision International

Clean Water


  • 71% (5.2 billion people) of the global population use a safely managed drinking water service; that is, one located on premises, available when needed and free from contamination. 
  • Worldwide, 844 million people still lack access to improved drinking water.
  • Globally, drinking water access is improving – with 89% of the global population using an improved drinking water source – up from 76% in 1990.

  • 181 countries have achieved over 75% coverage with at least basic drinking water services.

Read more about how a community gets clean water, sanitation and hygiene.

Key messages from the 2017 Progress on Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene report from the WHO and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme here.