The international target to halve the number of people who do not have access to safe drinking water has been met, five years before the 2015 deadline, the UN announced on Tuesday.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Unicef joint monitoring programme for water supply and sanitation
(JMP), between 1990 and 2010 more than 2 billion people gained access
to improved drinking water sources, such as piped supplies and protected
wells. Using data from household surveys and censuses, the JMP said at
the end of 2010, 89% of the population – 6.1 billion people – now used
improved drinking water sources, 1% more than the 88% target contained
in millennium development goal (MDG) number seven, set in 2000.