Beneath the Surface: The State of the World's Water 2019

Water, Climate change, Sustainability
Imamzadi, 16, with her water pot ready to start her walk to fetch water.  "It takes me an hour to fetch water. I make five rounds in a day to fetch water. The path to water has stones and they hurt my feet." Thatta District, Sindh Province, Pakistan.
Image: WaterAid/ Sibtain Haider

Some 4 billion people live in physically water-scarce areas and 844 million don’t have access to clean water close to home.

The world’s water crisis is getting worse, and globally we use six times as much water today as we did 100 years ago, driven by population growth and changes in diets and consumer habits.

Download this report to understand how ballooning consumer demand jeopardises water access for the poorest and most marginalised people, and how making thoughtful choices as consumers can help ensure access to water for basic needs is prioritised, wherever you are in the world.