Unaffordable and Undrinkable: Rethinking Urban Water Access in the Global South
30. August 2019
Equitable access to safe, reliable, and affordable water is fundamental to the quality of human life and the future of urban living. In the absence of a safely managed and reliable public piped water service, residents in struggling and emerging cities purchase water from private sources or obtain it directly from natural sources. Nearly one-tenth of global disease can be prevented by improved water, sanitation, and hygiene. These improvements are linked to reduced diarrheal disease, the second principal cause of child mortality and the leading cause of morbidity globally. Approximately 1.4 million children die each year from preventable diarrheal disease, and the majority of these deaths are in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
World Resource Institute | Unaffordable and Undrinkable: Rethinking Urban Water Access in the Global South