Expanding access to safe water

Efforts to cut in half the number of people without access to safe drinking water by 2015 are on track globally and in all regions except Sub-Saharan Africa. Even if the global goal is reached, 672 million people will still lack access to improved drinking water sources. The Bank’s work in rural water and sanitation for low-income countries has improved drinking water access in client countries to 84 percent in 2008 from 72 percent in 1990 through operation and maintenance activities, while addressing technical, social and institutional issues related to sustainability.

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