The water and sanitation crisis is a vast and complicated problem, impacting billions of people every day. For those with access to water, a large percentage are sickened by the water they drink. Others become sick because of poor sanitation and hygiene. However, people's health is not the only concern. When children are sick they can't go to school, missing out on important lessons, and putting them behind. When adults are sick they can't go to work, leading to the loss of wages. That is, if they're going to school or working in the first place, because collecting water from miles away every day takes a lot of time. Others simply don't have a reliable source of water at all. All of these factors contribute to the continuous cycle of poverty
There have been some big steps in the past few years towards universal coverage, but there is still a very long way to go. Below you'll find a selection of facts regarding the crisis, but to learn more please click on the links at the bottom of the page.