Quest 3: Water wealth

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Access to enough safe water is more than having a water source like a river, or underground supply near by. There are other factors that influence whether people get enough safe water for their daily needs.

Global water access and wealth

Is there a relationship between people’s access to safe water and how wealthy their country is?

Click on the map below for summaries of seven regions of the world.


Name of region

% population with reasonable access to safe water

Reasonable access to safe water means a person has at least 20 litres of water per day, from a safe source within one kilometre of their home.

GNI per capita (US$)

A comparative measure of wealth which takes the gross national income of a country and divides it by the mid-year population.

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View the latest stats from:
UNICEF State of the World’s Children report

UNDP Human Development Report