Beneath the Surface: The State of the World’s Water 2019

Imamzadi, Pakistan
Image: WaterAid/ Sibtain Haider


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.

Beneath the Surface: The State of the World’s Water 2019, reveals the countries where the largest populations live with physical water scarcity, how ballooning consumer  demands jeopardise water access for the poorest and most marginalised people, and how making thoughtful choices as consumers can help ensure access to water for basic needs is prioritised – wherever you are in the world.