Facts & Figures

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Every second, the urban population grows by 2 people. 95% of the urban expansion in the next decades will take place in the developing world. In Africa and Asia, the urban population is expected to double between 2000 and 2030.
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Between 1998 and 2008, 1052 million urban dwellers gained access to improved drinking water and 813 million to improved sanitation. However, the urban population in that period grew by 1089 million people and thus undermined the progress.
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One out of four city residents worldwide, 789 million in total, lives without access to improved sanitation facilities.
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497 million people in cities rely on shared sanitation. In 1990, this number was 249 million.
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27% of the urban dwellers in the developing world do not have access to piped water at home.
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828 million people live in slums or informal settlements that are scattered around the world’s cities; the biggest challenge is to provide these people with adequate water and sanitation facilities.
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The urban poor pay up to 50 times more for a litre of water than their richer neighbours, since they often have to buy their water from private vendors.
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Some 250 to 500 million m3 of drinking water gets lost in many mega cities each year.
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Saving this amount could provide an additional 10 to 20 million people with drinking water in each mega city.
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It is estimated that 783 million people globally currently don’t have access to clean drinking water. This is around one tenth of the world’s population.

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