Water: At what cost? The state of the of the World's Water 2016

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Sandra Benadict, 28 (multi-coloured hat) and toddler Shira (hat) and baby Aiden, 3 months, next to a water tank,  Mundangai village, East Sepik province, Papua New Guinea, 2013

Our new report, launched to mark World Water Day 2016, reveals that the poorest people in the world are paying the highest price for safe water – and calls on governments to act now for universal access.

Today, more than 650 million people are living without access to an ‘improved’ source of drinking water.The price paid by these communities – in wasted income, ill-health, and lost productivity – is extremely high, and has a devastating impact from the family to the national level. 

This report reveals the worst affected countries in the world, as well as the most improved, and calls on governments to take urgent action.