SDG 6.Clean Water and Sanitation

Understand SDG 6

  • SDG 6 is to ensure universal and equitable access to clean water and hygiene for all people. 
  • The targets also include reduction of water pollution, improvement of water-use efficiency, and restoration of water-related ecosystems.

  • Water scarcity affects over 40% of the world population and the number is rising.
  • 1 in 4 health care facilities lacks basic water services.
  • More than 80% of wastewater is discharged into rivers or sea without any pollution removal.
  • Everyday, around 1,000 children die from preventable water and sanitation-related diseases.


Data retrieved from UN SDG 6

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