ibtimes More than 650 million people, or 10% of the world’s population, do not have access to safe water, putting them at risk of infectious diseases and premature death.
By David Sim
Updated May 12, 2017 15:12 BST
World Water Day is marked on 22 March every year to raise awareness of the water crisis facing much of the world’s population. The UN estimates that more than 663 million people do not have a safe water supply close to home. Instead of turning on a tap, they must spend countless hours queueing or trekking to sources of water. This water is often contaminated, putting people at risk of infectious diseases and premature death.
People gather to fetch water from a huge well in the village of Natwarghad in the western Indian state of Gujarat – Reuters