Access Without Quality Doesn’t Hold Water
Unsafe water is responsible for more than 1.2 million deaths each year. It is the most common cause of diarrhea, which kills more than half a million children annually. Water access – which is already lagging – is not nearly enough. Accessible water must also be safe to drink: free from pathogens and disease. The water sector has focused primarily on increasing access through constructing new infrastructure and upgrading existing systems, such as investing in piped networks, community level systems and boreholes.