Goal 6:Clean Water and Sanitation

Clean Water: Improving Life at its Source

Water is often perceived without significance in developed nations, despite a growing global issue with access to clean water supply. Join Givv to aid families across the world, help to improve their quality of life by providing funds for water and wastewater treatment, and providing universal access to clean water and sanitation services.

What’s the Goal?

UN Goal #6 aims to ensure universal access to clean water sources and sanitation services.

Why Does it Matter?

Lack of clean water access affects food security, livelihoods, and educational opportunities for uncountable impoverished families.​ Across the globe, more than 2 billion people still live with infrequent access to clean drinking water, and around 2.4 billion lack access to sanitation services.​

Why are Clean Water and Sanitation Important?

Around 1.8 billion people currently use a source of drinking water that is contaminated with fecal matter and toxins, while approximately 2.4 billion people lack access to toilets or latrines. This lack of access to clean water and sanitation spreads disease and causes the deaths of more than 800 children per day from diseases linked to poor hygiene. Accessing clean water and sanitation is a fundamental human right. Clean water and sanitation allows for a healthier environment and better hygiene and helps decrease disease and hygiene-related deaths.

Can We Achieve This Goal?

Yes, we can. Right now, there is enough freshwater on the planet to achieve this. The obstacles are poor infrastructure, bad economics, poor water quality, and inadequate sanitation. By addressing these issues, we can reach our UN Sustainable Development Goal of ensuring access to clean water and sanitation for all by 2030.

What Can I Do to Help?

Get involved with civil society organizations to hold governments accountable for the water and sanitation supply in your community. Ask them to invest in water research. Developing areas should include women and youth in discussions to generate awareness about human and ecological systems. You can also help by visiting the Givv website to learn how you can use your computer’s idle processing power to earn money for donation to registered organizations supporting the clean water and sanitation development goal.

Goal 6 Facts & Figures

3 in 10

The number of people who lack access to safely managed drinking water services

6 in 10

The number of people who lack access to safely managed sanitation facilities

4 billion

The number of people who lack access to essential sanitation services such as toilets or latrines

Goal 6 Targets

  • By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all.
  • By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all.
  • By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping, and minimizing the release of hazardous chemicals and materials. Also, cut in half the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increase recycling and safe reuse globally.
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