Improved but not necessarily safe: Water access and the Millennium Development Goals

By Robert Bain*, Jim Wright**, Hong Yang**, Steve Pedley^, Stephen Gundry*, and Jamie Bartram^^

*Water and Health Research Centre, University of Bristol, United Kingdom (UK); **University of Southampton, UK; ^University of Surrey, UK; ^^The Water Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States

“This work shows that interpretation of the MDG indicator as a surrogate for safe water can lead to substantial overestimates of the population using safe drinking-water and, consequently, also overestimates the progress made towards the 2015 MDG target. There are important policy implications – whilst progress has been made, adjusting for water quality shows that much of the world’s population still lacks access to safe water.”




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