How many people in the world don't have clean water?

Around the world, 1 in 10 people don’t have clean water close to home. Those living without this everyday essential do not have an equal chance to be healthy, educated and financially secure. 

How many people have no access to toilets?

A shocking one in four people don't have a decent toilet of their own. Slowly, we're making progress - since the year 2000, 2.1 billion people have gained access to decent toilets. 

Why is good hygiene important?

Good hygiene behaviour is integral to keeping people clean and healthy and stopping the spread of diseases like coronavirus, yet only 1% of funding for water, sanitation and health is spent on changing hygiene habits. 

At WaterAid, we recognise the importance of good hygiene practice and incorporate it into all of our work. 


Clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene are vital for living a dignified, healthy life.

Statistics can look stark. 1 in 3 people on the planet doesn't have a decent toilet. 1 in 10 don't have clean water.

But thanks to your incredible support, we’ve already reached millions of people in some of the toughest places in the world. We can’t stop there.

By working together, we can reach everyone, everywhere within a generation – and transform millions of more lives for good.

Please note: all statistics on the WaterAid website are from , unless otherwise stated.

Key statistics on water

Key statistics on toilets

Key statistics on hygiene