Billions Of People Lack Access To Clean Drinking Water: U.N. Report

"Millions of people in Mexico don't have access to clean water. Extreme heat and drought brought on by climate change are partly to blame, but so is the aging infrastructure and years of mismanaging water.

Mexico is not the only place struggling with wide-scale water insecurity. Around 2 billion people around the world do not have access to clean and safe drinking water, and approximately 3.6 billion people – 46% of the world's population – lack adequate sanitation services, according to a new United Nations World Water Development Report released Wednesday.

"Water insecurity leads to a number of other insecurities," said Richard Connor, editor-in-chief of the report. "If you don't have enough water to grow food, you will end up with food insecurity.""

Seyma Bayram reports for NPR March 22, 2023.


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"A Quarter Of World Population Lacks Safe Drinking Water: UN" (AP)

"AP Photos: World's Water in Focus as Clean Supplies Squeezed" (AP)

"Explainer: The Business Of Water: No One-Size-Fits-All Approach" (Reuters)

"What Is Water Scarcity?" (Thomson Reuters Foundation)

Source: NPR, 03/23/2023