Beneath the Surface: The State of the World’s Water 2019. WaterAid, March 19, 2019.
Some 4 billion people in the world live in physically water-scarce areas and 844 million don’t have access to clean water close to home.
The world’s water crisis is getting worse, yet globally we use six times as much water today as we did 100 years ago, driven by population growth and changes in diets and consumer habits.
This report reveals the countries where the largest populations live with physical water scarcity, how ballooning consumer demands jeopardize water access for the poorest and most marginalized people, and how making thoughtful choices as consumers can help ensure access to water for basic needs is prioritized – wherever you are in the world.