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Access to Clean Water by Country 2024

There are a lot of basic human necessities that are required for a developed society. One of the biggest examples is access to clean drinking water. Even though there are a lot of people who take this for granted, access to clean drinking water is not necessarily a given. There are a lot of countries on Earth that do not have access to clean drinking water, and it leads to a host of other problems, particularly health issues. For example, if you do not have access to clean drinking water, it is difficult to power your basic bodily functions. Furthermore, a lack of access to clean water can make it hard to grow food, leading to other nutritional issues.

What Countries Have Access To Clean Water?

The vast majority of countries in the developed world have access to clean drinking water. This includes countries in North America, Europe, and most locations in Asia. There are plenty of places on Earth where virtually everyone has access to clean drinking water. For example, everyone in Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and Monaco has access to clean drinking water. In addition, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and the United Kingdom are countries where virtually everyone has access to clean drinking water. In addition, the vast majority of people in Austria, the United States, Norway, Sweden, and Finland also have access to clean drinking water.

What Countries Do Not Have a Lot of Clean Water?

Unfortunately, there are a lot of places where people do not have access to clean drinking water. For example, virtually nobody in Chad has access to clean drinking water. People who live in the Central African Republic also do not have easy access to clean drinking water. Countries such as Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone also do not have reliable sources of clean drinking water. Given that Africa is a continent that is still developing, it should come as no surprise that the vast majority of people in Africa do not have access to a consistent supply of clean drinking water. It is this lack of basic resources that has contributed to a significant amount of strife in Africa.

Is the Water In the United States Safe?

Yes, the drinking water in the United States is very safe. Even if people do not have water filtration systems at home, the water that comes out of the tap is usually safe to drink. The United States puts fluoride in the water, which protects teeth against cavities. On the other hand, there are some water crises that have developed in the United States recently. For example, most people heard about what happened in Flint, Michigan. There were very high levels of lead in the water, contributing to a variety of health problems. In addition, there was a recent water crisis that took place in Mississippi. Much of the infrastructure in the United States is getting old, and proper maintenance is important for making sure people continue to have access to water.

- Basic Drinking Water is defined as water from an improved source with a collection time of not more than 30 minutes for a round trip, including queuing.
- Safely Managed Drinking Water is defined as water from an improved source that is accessible on premises, available when needed, and free from faecal and priority chemical contamination

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Country
Access to Basic Water
Access to Safely Managed Water
Year Assessed
United States100%97.33%2022
Brazil100%85.77%2022
Mexico100%43.03%2022
Germany100%99.99%2022
Thailand100% 2022
United Kingdom100%99.82%2022
France100%99.25%2022
Italy100%95.82%2022
South Korea100%99.19%2022
Spain100%99.59%2022
Australia100% 2022
Chile100%98.77%2022
Romania100%81.99%2022
Netherlands100%99.97%2022
Belgium100%99.91%2022
Sweden100%99.75%2022
Czech Republic100%97.88%2022
Greece100%100%2022
Portugal100%95.35%2022
Hungary100%92.59%2022
United Arab Emirates100% 2022
Israel100%99.32%2022
Austria100%98.9%2022
Switzerland100%94.25%2022
Hong Kong100%100%2022
Libya100% 2022
Paraguay100%64.08%2022
Turkmenistan100%94.83%2022
Singapore100%100%2022
Denmark100%96.73%2022
Slovakia100%99.24%2022
Finland100%99.64%2022
Norway100%98.64%2022
New Zealand100%100%2022
Costa Rica100%80.52%2022
Kuwait100%100%2022
Uruguay100% 2022
Puerto Rico100%99.86%2022
Armenia100%86.91%2022
Qatar100%96.18%2022
Slovenia100%98.27%2022
Bahrain100%98.98%2022
Estonia100%95.76%2022
Mauritius100% 2022
Cyprus100%99.77%2022
Macau100%99.98%2022
Luxembourg100%99.46%2022
Malta100%100%2022
Maldives100% 2022
Brunei100% 2022
Iceland100%100%2022
French Polynesia100%83.86%2022
New Caledonia100%96.64%2022
Guam100%99.44%2022
Isle of Man100%97.21%2022
Andorra100%90.64%2022
Bermuda100% 2022
Greenland100%96.74%2022
Faroe Islands100% 2022
Northern Mariana Islands100%90.53%2022
Liechtenstein100%100%2022
Monaco100%100%2022
San Marino100%100%2022
Gibraltar100%100%2022
British Virgin Islands100%
Palau100%91.31%2022
Japan99%98.57%2022
Egypt99% 2022
Argentina99%
Canada99%99.04%2022
Saudi Arabia99% 2022
Jordan99%85.7%2022
Belarus99%94.61%2022
Bulgaria99%97.62%2022
El Salvador99% 2022
Latvia99%96.29%2022
Trinidad and Tobago99% 2022
Reunion99%94.32%2022
Bhutan99%36.65%2022
Montenegro99%85.07%2022
Bahamas99% 2019
Guadeloupe99%97.59%2022
Martinique99%99.06%2022
Barbados99% 2022
Samoa99%46.23%2022
Curacao99% 2017
Tonga99%29.5%2022
United States Virgin Islands99%97.94%2020
Saint Kitts and Nevis99% 2017
Turks and Caicos Islands99% 2022
American Samoa99%98.36%2021
Saint Martin99%96.7%2022
Cook Islands99% 2022
Tuvalu99% 2022
Saint Barthelemy99%100%2022
Tokelau99% 2022
China98% 2022
Bangladesh98%58.51%2022
Vietnam98% 2022
Iran98%93.98%2022
Colombia98%73.01%2022
Iraq98%59.66%2022
Azerbaijan98%88.32%2022
Palestine98%79.7%2022
Lithuania98%94.92%2022
North Macedonia98% 2022
Suriname98%55.76%2022
Belize98% 2022
Aruba98% 2016
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines98% 2018
Antigua and Barbuda98% 2022
Montserrat98% 2022
Russia97%76.1%2022
Turkey97% 2022
Uzbekistan97%58.83%2022
Malaysia97%93.82%2022
Tunisia97%79.29%2022
Dominican Republic97% 2022
Saint Lucia97% 2022
Nauru97% 2019
Niue97%93.54%2022
Ecuador96%66.83%2022
Honduras96% 2022
Serbia96%75.04%2022
Ireland96%97.33%2022
Bosnia and Herzegovina96%88.87%2022
Guyana96% 2022
Mayotte96%93.45%2022
Grenada96% 2017
Seychelles96% 2022
Philippines95%47.46%2022
Algeria95%72.38%2022
Peru95%51.26%2022
Guatemala95%55.83%2022
Cuba95% 2022
Panama95% 2022
Georgia95%66.35%2022
Albania95%70.67%2022
Fiji95% 2022
Dominica95% 2017
Cayman Islands95% 2022
Sint Maarten95% 2017
Indonesia94% 2022
South Africa94% 2022
Ukraine94%89.02%2022
North Korea94%66.38%2022
Syria94% 2022
Bolivia94% 2022
French Guiana94%90.56%2022
India93% 2022
Venezuela93% 2022
Lebanon93%47.7%2022
Botswana93% 2022
Oman92%90.56%2022
Moldova92%74.07%2022
Pakistan91%35.84%2022
Nepal91%17.58%2022
Kyrgyzstan91%70.09%2022
Jamaica91% 2022
Vanuatu91% 2022
Saint Pierre and Miquelon91%83.13%2020
Poland90%98.33%2022
Cape Verde90% 2022
Micronesia90% 2020
Sri Lanka89% 2022
Ghana88%41.41%2022
Morocco87%79.95%2022
Gabon87% 2022
Timor Leste87% 2022
Senegal86% 2022
Gambia86%44.72%2022
Namibia86% 2022
Laos85%17.68%2022
Marshall Islands85% 2022
Mali84% 2022
Mongolia84%30.06%2022
Myanmar82%58.83%2022
Afghanistan82%27.59%2022
Tajikistan82%55.24%2022
Nicaragua82%55.52%2020
Nigeria80%21.67%2022
Comoros80% 2019
Cambodia78%27.76%2022
Mauritania78% 2022
Sao Tome and Principe77%36.17%2022
Liberia76% 2022
Djibouti76% 2022
Kiribati76%14.69%2022
Republic of the Congo74%45.9%2021
Lesotho74%28.91%2022
Ivory Coast73%35.2%2022
Eswatini73% 2022
Malawi72% 2022
Guinea71% 2022
Togo71%19.56%2022
Cameroon70% 2022
Zambia68% 2022
Benin67% 2022
Haiti67% 2022
Solomon Islands67%
Sudan65% 2022
Rwanda65%12.1%2022
Sierra Leone65%10.62%2022
Equatorial Guinea65% 2017
Kenya63% 2022
Mozambique63% 2022
Yemen62% 2022
Zimbabwe62%29.54%2022
Burundi62% 2022
Guinea Bissau62%24.33%2022
Tanzania61% 2022
Uganda59%16.65%2022
Angola58% 2022
Somalia58% 2022
Madagascar53%20.54%2022
Ethiopia52%12.58%2022
Chad52%5.59%2022
Eritrea52% 2016
Burkina Faso50% 2022
Papua New Guinea50% 2022
Niger49% 2022
South Sudan41% 2022
Central African Republic36%6.18%2022
DR Congo35%18.99%2022
Wallis and Futuna 2022
Kazakhstan 89.33%
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