“Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.”
Goal #6 of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development is one that WaterStep has been working towards for 20 years and will continue to work for until the day that every person has access to safe water. The Global Goals are a list of 17 goals that world leaders have agreed to work towards by the year 2030.
So why is safe water so important anyway?
Globally, waterborne illnesses are a leading cause of sickness and death. More people die every year from diseases caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation than from armed conflict. Children are the most vulnerable, a child dies every 60 seconds from diarrheal diseases.
The good news is that there is a solution. Water purification partnered with health and hygiene practices can save lives, and WaterStep has seen it firsthand in communities around the world. The number one target for Goal #6 is to achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030. During WaterStep’s time as an organization, the number of people without access to water has already shrunk from more than 748 million to 663 million, thanks to the combined work of organizations around the world who fight unsafe water.
That number will only continue to decrease as WaterStep joins with organizations around the world to provide simple solutions to unsafe water and make access to water, hygiene, and sanitation easier for more people. There is still work to be down, but as WaterStep celebrates 20 years as an organization, we are standing with a united effort to bring safe water to every single person on the planet.
Learn more about Global Goal #6.