People using at least basic drinking water services, urban (% of urban 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 Singapore 100.00 2017
1 Switzerland 100.00 2017
1 Ecuador 100.00 2017
1 Malta 100.00 2017
1 Andorra 100.00 2017
1 Monaco 100.00 2017
1 Samoa 100.00 2017
1 Israel 100.00 2017
1 France 100.00 2017
1 Iceland 100.00 2017
1 Sweden 100.00 2017
1 Greece 100.00 2017
1 Georgia 100.00 2017
1 Mexico 100.00 2017
1 Palau 100.00 2017
1 New Zealand 100.00 2017
1 Guyana 100.00 2017
1 Romania 100.00 2017
1 Turkmenistan 100.00 2017
1 Finland 100.00 2017
1 United Kingdom 100.00 2017
1 Hungary 100.00 2017
1 Austria 100.00 2017
1 Luxembourg 100.00 2017
1 Belgium 100.00 2017
1 Germany 100.00 2017
1 Greenland 100.00 2017
1 Macao SAR, China 100.00 2017
1 Netherlands 100.00 2017
1 Norway 100.00 2017
1 Portugal 100.00 2017
1 Denmark 100.00 2017
1 Hong Kong SAR, China 100.00 2017
34 Australia 99.97 2017
35 Estonia 99.95 2017
36 Colombia 99.94 2017
37 Mauritius 99.92 2017
38 Spain 99.91 2017
39 Czech Republic 99.90 2017
40 Paraguay 99.89 2017
41 Armenia 99.86 2017
42 Thailand 99.86 2017
43 Poland 99.85 2017
44 Lithuania 99.84 2017
45 Chile 99.81 2017
46 Tonga 99.77 2017
47 United States 99.77 2017
48 Costa Rica 99.75 2017
49 Tunisia 99.70 2017
50 Slovenia 99.65 2017
51 Argentina 99.64 2017
52 Uruguay 99.61 2017
53 Slovak Republic 99.61 2017
54 Tuvalu 99.58 2017
55 Croatia 99.57 2017
56 Canada 99.56 2017
57 Uzbekistan 99.56 2017
58 Cyprus 99.55 2017
59 Brazil 99.53 2017
60 Vanuatu 99.50 2017
61 Egypt 99.49 2017
62 Nauru 99.48 2017
63 El Salvador 99.47 2017
64 Bulgaria 99.47 2017
65 Italy 99.47 2017
66 Bolivia 99.44 2017
67 Honduras 99.42 2017
68 Azerbaijan 99.31 2017
69 Malaysia 99.09 2017
70 Jordan 99.06 2017
71 Syrian Arab Republic 99.00 2017
72 Belize 98.92 2017
73 South Africa 98.90 2017
74 Iraq 98.85 2017
75 Latvia 98.83 2017
76 Russia 98.64 2017
77 Turkey 98.62 2017
78 Vietnam 98.55 2017
79 Timor-Leste 98.32 2017
80 Dominican Republic 98.27 2017
81 Suriname 98.22 2017
82 Kazakhstan 98.09 2017
83 Panama 98.09 2017
84 Bhutan 97.98 2017
85 Guatemala 97.92 2017
86 Fiji 97.83 2017
87 St. Lucia 97.82 2017
88 China 97.70 2017
89 Philippines 97.69 2017
90 Nicaragua 97.56 2017
91 Bangladesh 97.49 2017
92 Iran 97.39 2017
93 Cambodia 97.33 2017
94 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 97.20 2017
95 Kyrgyz Republic 97.14 2017
96 Botswana 97.09 2017
97 Moldova 97.01 2017
98 Ireland 96.98 2017
99 Sri Lanka 96.95 2017
100 Cuba 96.83 2017
101 Eswatini 96.78 2017
102 Morocco 96.65 2017
103 Namibia 96.41 2017
104 Tajikistan 96.24 2017
105 Cayman Islands 96.13 2016
106 Mongolia 96.01 2017
107 India 95.99 2017
108 Belarus 95.98 2017
109 Montenegro 95.91 2017
110 Afghanistan 95.91 2017
111 Peru 95.59 2017
112 Jamaica 95.51 2017
113 Indonesia 95.45 2017
114 Algeria 95.44 2017
115 Bosnia and Herzegovina 94.85 2017
116 Oman 94.70 2017
117 Lao PDR 94.44 2017
118 Pakistan 94.22 2017
119 Zimbabwe 94.00 2017
120 Cabo Verde 93.10 2017
121 Myanmar 92.96 2017
122 Lesotho 92.96 2017
123 Ghana 92.65 2017
124 Senegal 92.32 2017
125 Mali 92.19 2017
126 Albania 91.84 2017
127 Solomon Islands 91.41 2017
128 Ukraine 91.31 2017
129 North Macedonia 90.58 2017
130 Burundi 89.77 2017
131 Eritrea 89.74 2016
132 Gabon 89.58 2017
133 Mauritania 89.26 2017
134 Nepal 89.15 2017
135 Togo 89.06 2017
136 Comoros 88.22 2017
137 Côte d'Ivoire 87.71 2017
138 The Gambia 87.50 2017
139 Nigeria 87.47 2017
140 São Tomé and Principe 87.15 2017
141 Congo 87.09 2017
142 Malawi 85.84 2017
143 Madagascar 85.82 2017
144 Papua New Guinea 85.77 2017
145 Guinea 85.54 2017
146 Tanzania 85.54 2017
147 Haiti 84.65 2017
148 Kenya 84.64 2017
149 Mozambique 84.35 2017
150 Niger 84.29 2017
151 Guinea-Bissau 84.11 2017
152 Zambia 83.86 2017
153 Djibouti 83.86 2017
154 Liberia 83.63 2017
155 Serbia 83.27 2017
156 Somalia 82.91 2017
157 Rwanda 82.24 2017
158 Ethiopia 80.27 2017
159 Burkina Faso 79.86 2017
160 Yemen 79.05 2017
161 Equatorial Guinea 78.08 2017
162 Cameroon 77.33 2017
163 Sierra Leone 75.76 2017
164 Benin 75.75 2017
165 Uganda 75.11 2017
166 Sudan 73.76 2017
167 Angola 71.24 2017
168 Chad 69.85 2017
169 Dem. Rep. Congo 69.35 2017
170 Central African Republic 64.74 2016

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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