Water Supply and Sanitation

The costs of inadequate water supply and sanitation are too high: 1.6 million children die every year from diarrhea, a disease that could be prevented with clean water and basic sanitation.

Yet, more than 1.1 billion people lack access to safe water, and 2.6 billion lack access to basic sanitation. Although the world is roughly on course to reach the Millennium Development Goal targets for water supply, it will fall short by a half billion people in sanitation.

The World Bank is committed to helping our client countries build competent, efficient, business-like, customer-oriented water and sanitation services. These services must ensure affordable and sustainable services to all, particularly the poor.

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The Bank is also engaged in two ongoing partnerships on water:

The Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) is a 33-year old partnership hosted by the Bank to help governments scale up improved water supply and sanitation services and hygiene programs for poor people. WSP provides technical assistance, capacity building, and leveraging knowledge and partnerships through 125 technical staff in 24 countries. In 2010, the WSP dedicated $40.8 million in 25 countries.

The Water Partnership Program (WPP) is a multi-donor program to strengthen the Bank’s efforts to reduce poverty through improved water resources management and water service delivery.