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The Graphic Truth: Has clean water access improved?

Has clean water access improved? Percent of population with access to safe drinking water based on accessiblity and quality (change from 2000-2020) | Infographic | The Graphic Truth

In many low- and middle-income countries, availability of safe, drinkable water remains scarce. Though access has improved significantly in many places over the past two decades – by 152% in Afghanistan, for instance – the very low baseline means that still only 28% of that population has access to high quality drinking water. Meanwhile, countries like the Central African Republic, Zambia, Nepal, and Pakistan saw their access reduced over the past two decades. Here’s a snapshot of the relative change in access to safe drinking water around the world from 2000-2020.


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