People using at least basic drinking water services, rural (% of rural population) - Country Ranking

Definition: The percentage of people using at least basic water services. This indicator encompasses both people using basic water services as well as those using safely managed water services. Basic drinking water services is defined as drinking water from an improved source, provided collection time is not more than 30 minutes for a round trip. Improved water sources include piped water, boreholes or tubewells, protected dug wells, protected springs, and packaged or delivered water.

Source: WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (washdata.org).

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Malta 100.00 2017
1 Greece 100.00 2017
1 Palau 100.00 2017
1 New Zealand 100.00 2017
1 Andorra 100.00 2017
1 Israel 100.00 2017
1 Austria 100.00 2017
1 Australia 100.00 2017
1 Spain 100.00 2017
1 Romania 100.00 2017
1 Thailand 100.00 2017
1 Denmark 100.00 2017
1 Slovak Republic 100.00 2017
1 Armenia 100.00 2017
1 Belgium 100.00 2017
1 Germany 100.00 2017
1 Greenland 100.00 2017
1 Netherlands 100.00 2017
1 Norway 100.00 2017
1 France 100.00 2017
1 Iceland 100.00 2017
1 Sweden 100.00 2017
1 Chile 100.00 2017
1 Hungary 100.00 2017
1 Switzerland 100.00 2017
1 Finland 100.00 2017
1 United Kingdom 100.00 2017
28 Tonga 99.95 2017
29 Mauritius 99.83 2017
30 Czech Republic 99.82 2017
31 Cyprus 99.75 2017
32 Portugal 99.74 2017
33 Turkey 99.63 2017
34 Croatia 99.61 2017
35 Poland 99.54 2017
36 Costa Rica 99.53 2017
37 Slovenia 99.40 2017
38 Italy 99.38 2017
39 Ukraine 99.37 2017
40 Montenegro 99.28 2017
41 Estonia 99.19 2017
42 Paraguay 99.16 2017
43 Canada 98.88 2017
44 Egypt 98.82 2017
45 Luxembourg 98.81 2017
46 Tuvalu 98.78 2017
47 Belarus 98.30 2017
48 St. Lucia 98.24 2017
49 Latvia 98.18 2017
50 Ireland 98.10 2017
51 Bulgaria 98.05 2017
52 Jordan 97.70 2017
53 Turkmenistan 97.57 2017
54 Bosnia and Herzegovina 97.33 2017
55 Belize 97.21 2017
56 United States 96.97 2017
57 Samoa 96.79 2017
58 Bangladesh 96.75 2017
59 Bhutan 96.73 2017
60 North Macedonia 96.64 2017
61 Mexico 96.61 2017
62 Georgia 96.16 2017
63 Uzbekistan 96.07 2017
64 Uruguay 95.30 2017
65 Syrian Arab Republic 95.17 2017
66 Guyana 93.93 2017
67 Argentina 92.98 2016
68 Panama 92.86 2017
69 Lithuania 92.76 2017
70 Vietnam 92.64 2017
71 Russia 92.62 2017
72 Kazakhstan 92.31 2017
73 El Salvador 92.22 2017
74 Iraq 91.06 2017
75 India 91.00 2017
76 Guatemala 90.36 2017
77 Cuba 90.31 2017
78 Dominican Republic 90.28 2017
79 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 90.19 2017
80 Suriname 90.00 2017
81 Philippines 89.96 2017
82 Pakistan 89.88 2017
83 Albania 89.88 2017
84 Brazil 89.74 2017
85 Malaysia 89.34 2017
86 Iran 89.01 2017
87 Honduras 88.87 2017
88 Nepal 88.73 2017
89 Tunisia 88.71 2017
90 Fiji 88.70 2017
91 Algeria 88.69 2017
92 Vanuatu 88.49 2017
93 Serbia 88.38 2017
94 Sri Lanka 87.72 2017
95 Colombia 86.45 2017
96 China 86.15 2017
97 Jamaica 84.61 2017
98 Ecuador 83.47 2017
99 Moldova 83.16 2017
100 Indonesia 81.98 2017
101 Kyrgyz Republic 81.98 2017
102 Azerbaijan 81.57 2017
103 South Africa 80.68 2017
104 Bolivia 78.12 2017
105 Oman 77.90 2017
106 São Tomé and Principe 76.95 2017
107 Comoros 76.91 2017
108 Myanmar 76.91 2017
109 Cabo Verde 75.78 2017
110 Tajikistan 75.64 2017
111 Lao PDR 75.58 2017
112 Peru 75.58 2017
113 Botswana 75.53 2017
114 Cambodia 72.90 2017
115 Morocco 70.73 2017
116 Senegal 70.46 2017
117 Timor-Leste 69.69 2017
118 Namibia 69.22 2017
119 Mali 68.35 2017
120 Ghana 67.54 2017
121 Malawi 65.42 2017
122 The Gambia 63.37 2017
123 Liberia 61.96 2017
124 Solomon Islands 60.60 2017
125 Eswatini 60.42 2017
126 Lesotho 59.32 2017
127 Nicaragua 59.11 2017
128 Benin 58.22 2017
129 Côte d'Ivoire 57.83 2017
130 Afghanistan 57.32 2017
131 Burundi 56.62 2017
132 Mongolia 55.87 2017
133 Nigeria 55.59 2017
134 Gabon 55.05 2017
135 Yemen 54.70 2017
136 Guinea-Bissau 53.48 2017
137 Sudan 53.20 2017
138 Rwanda 52.64 2017
139 Sierra Leone 50.14 2017
140 Mauritania 49.91 2017
141 Zimbabwe 49.80 2017
142 Kenya 49.61 2017
143 Guinea 48.72 2017
144 Togo 48.39 2017
145 Djibouti 47.06 2017
146 Congo 45.72 2017
147 Niger 43.62 2017
148 Haiti 42.64 2017
149 Tanzania 42.50 2017
150 Zambia 41.95 2017
151 Uganda 41.25 2017
152 Mozambique 39.96 2017
153 Cameroon 39.01 2017
154 Madagascar 36.33 2017
155 Burkina Faso 34.99 2017
156 Papua New Guinea 34.63 2017
157 Central African Republic 33.75 2016
158 Ethiopia 31.07 2017
159 Equatorial Guinea 30.78 2017
160 Chad 29.47 2017
161 Somalia 28.11 2017
162 Eritrea 27.80 2016
163 Angola 27.44 2017
164 Dem. Rep. Congo 22.83 2017

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Development Relevance: Water is considered to be the most important resource for sustaining ecosystems, which provide life-supporting services for people, animals, and plants. Global access to safe water and proper hygiene education can reduce illness and death from disease, leading to improved health, poverty reduction, and socio-economic development. However, many countries are challenged to provide these basic necessities to their populations, leaving people at risk for water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH)-related diseases. Because contaminated water is a major cause of illness and death, water quality is a determining factor in human poverty, education, and economic opportunities. Lack of access to adequate drinking water services contributes to deaths and illness, especially in children. Water based disease transmission by drinking contaminated water is responsible for significant outbreaks of diseases such as cholera and typhoid and includes diarrheal diseases, viral hepatitis A, cholera, dysentery and dracunculiasis (Guineaworm disease). Improving access to clean drinking water is a crucial element in the reduction of under-five mortality and morbidity and there is evidence that ensuring higher levels of drinking water services has a greater impact. Women and children spend millions of hours each year fetching water. The chore diverts their time from other important activities (for example attending school, caring for children, participating in the economy). When water is not available on premises and has to be collected, women and girls are almost two and a half times more likely than men and boys to be the main water carriers for their families. Many international organizations use access to safe drinking water and hygienic sanitation facilities as a measure for progress in the fight against poverty, disease, and death. Access to safe drinking water is also considered to be a human right, not a privilege, for every man, woman, and child. Economic benefits of safe drinking water services include higher economic productivity, more education, and health-care savings.

Limitations and Exceptions: National, regional and income group estimates are made when data are available for at least 50 percent of the population.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Data on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene are produced by the Joint Monitoring Programme of the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) based on administrative sources, national censuses and nationally representative household surveys. WHO/UNICEF defines a basic drinking water service as drinking water from an improved source, provided collection time is not more than 30 minutes for a round trip. Improved water sources include piped water, boreholes or tubewells, protected dug wells, protected springs, and packaged or delivered water.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual