Millennium Development Goal on Drinking Water Reached

WaterAid Australia is over the moon with the news that in the last 20 years over two billion people were provided with an improved water source. This shows that the world has met its goal to bring clean drinking water to the world’s poorest people, but still some 780 million are still waiting for what should be a human right.

This is one of the first Millennium Development Goals targets to be met since they were initially set up in 1990. By halving the number of people who don’t have access to clean water, 2 billion people now have access to water, something WaterAid and it’s supporters should be truly proud of.

Chief Executive of WaterAid in Australia, Adam Laidlaw, said –

Reaching the MDG target and ensuring clean drinking water for over two billion people around the globe is a great achievement.  However, nearly 780 million people are still without access, and they are generally the poorest and most in need. A world where everyone has safe water to drink is achievable and could be only a generation away. The challenge is to get clean water flowing to those in greatest need.

WaterAid and their supporters have managed to keep water on the top of the agenda, whilst campaigning for the priority of investment into sanitation and other essential life-saving services. There is still much to do though, with up to 780 million people without safe drinking water. This is just the start, but what a great start it is!

WaterAid transforms lives by improving access to safe water and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities. You can download the ‘Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation 2012 Update’ by clicking on the link below to find out more information.

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