In 2000, the United Nations set some goals called Millennium Development Goals (MDG). One of those goals was to halve the proportion of people who have no access to safe drinking water by 2015. That goal was met at the end of 2010 – two billion more people on this planet have access to safe drinking water.
When the MDGs were set, many believed such a change was impossible. The sheer number of people who had to be reached with clean water is staggering.
“For children this is especially good news,” UNICEF’s Executive Director Anthony Lake said in a statement. “Every day more than 3,000 children die from diarrheal diseases. Achieving this goal will go a long way to saving children’s lives.”
Two things still need to happen. Eleven percent of the world’s population still have no access to clean water. The UN projects that 213 million more people will have improved water by 2015, the original date of the MDG, but that leaves more than a half billion people without it.
The other thing that needs attention is sanitation. Only 37% of the world’s people have access to improved sanitation. Poor sanitation can dirty water from point-of-source filtration systems.
The MDG goal for sanitation is to have 75% of the world’s people with access to improved sanitation, but at the current rate, it is likely that only 67% of people will have access by 2015.
Photo of an unidentified boy stocks water July 13, 2009 in Andes Mtito by africa924 / Shutterstock.com. Various humanitarian organizations have contributed in order to supply fresh water for local people here.