People using at least basic drinking water services (% of 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 Norway 100.00 2017
2 Macao SAR, China 100.00 2017
2 Netherlands 100.00 2017
2 Austria 100.00 2017
2 Finland 100.00 2017
2 United Kingdom 100.00 2017
2 Denmark 100.00 2017
2 Hong Kong SAR, China 100.00 2017
2 Belgium 100.00 2017
2 Germany 100.00 2017
2 Greenland 100.00 2017
2 Switzerland 100.00 2017
2 Singapore 100.00 2017
2 Malta 100.00 2017
2 Bahrain 100.00 2017
2 Liechtenstein 100.00 2017
2 San Marino 100.00 2017
2 Andorra 100.00 2017
2 Israel 100.00 2017
2 Monaco 100.00 2017
2 Romania 100.00 2017
2 New Zealand 100.00 2017
2 Saudi Arabia 100.00 2017
2 Kuwait 100.00 2017
2 France 100.00 2017
2 Iceland 100.00 2017
2 Sweden 100.00 2017
2 Hungary 100.00 2017
2 Greece 100.00 2017
2 Palau 100.00 2017
31 Australia 99.97 2017
32 Thailand 99.93 2017
33 Spain 99.93 2017
34 Armenia 99.91 2017
35 Portugal 99.91 2017
36 Tonga 99.91 2017
37 Brunei 99.90 2017
38 Luxembourg 99.89 2017
39 Czech Republic 99.88 2017
40 Mauritius 99.87 2017
41 Chile 99.83 2017
42 Slovak Republic 99.79 2017
43 Korea 99.79 2017
44 Poland 99.72 2017
45 Estonia 99.71 2017
46 Costa Rica 99.70 2017
47 Cyprus 99.61 2017
48 Paraguay 99.61 2017
49 Croatia 99.59 2017
50 Qatar 99.57 2017
51 Slovenia 99.54 2017
52 Nauru 99.48 2017
53 Italy 99.44 2017
54 Canada 99.44 2017
55 Uruguay 99.40 2017
56 New Caledonia 99.33 2017
57 Mexico 99.32 2017
58 Tuvalu 99.27 2017
59 United States 99.27 2017
60 Bulgaria 99.11 2017
61 Egypt 99.11 2017
62 Argentina 99.08 2016
63 Japan 99.01 2017
64 St. Kitts and Nevis 98.97 2013
65 Jordan 98.94 2017
66 The Bahamas 98.89 2017
67 Turkey 98.88 2017
68 Turkmenistan 98.81 2017
69 Latvia 98.63 2017
70 Libya 98.53 2017
71 Barbados 98.49 2017
72 Georgia 98.39 2017
73 Brazil 98.19 2017
74 Trinidad and Tobago 98.18 2017
75 St. Lucia 98.16 2017
76 United Arab Emirates 98.05 2017
77 Belize 97.99 2017
78 Uzbekistan 97.83 2017
79 Lithuania 97.54 2017
80 Ireland 97.39 2017
81 El Salvador 97.39 2017
82 Samoa 97.38 2017
83 Colombia 97.30 2017
84 Bhutan 97.23 2017
85 Syrian Arab Republic 97.22 2017
86 Puerto Rico 97.12 2017
87 Russia 97.09 2017
88 Montenegro 97.04 2017
89 Bangladesh 97.02 2017
90 Antigua and Barbuda 96.74 2017
91 Malaysia 96.70 2017
92 Dominican Republic 96.69 2017
93 Iraq 96.53 2017
94 Dominica 96.50 2015
95 Belarus 96.48 2017
96 Panama 96.38 2017
97 Tunisia 96.25 2017
98 Seychelles 96.25 2017
99 Bosnia and Herzegovina 96.14 2017
100 Cayman Islands 96.13 2016
101 Venezuela 95.72 2017
102 Grenada 95.63 2017
103 Kazakhstan 95.63 2017
104 Guyana 95.54 2017
105 Suriname 95.42 2017
106 Cuba 95.33 2017
107 Iran 95.24 2017
108 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 95.15 2017
109 Honduras 94.83 2017
110 Vietnam 94.72 2017
111 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 94.51 2017
112 Guatemala 94.19 2017
113 Ecuador 93.99 2017
114 Fiji 93.79 2017
115 Ukraine 93.79 2017
116 Philippines 93.57 2017
117 Algeria 93.56 2017
118 North Macedonia 93.14 2017
119 Bolivia 92.85 2017
120 China 92.85 2017
121 South Africa 92.68 2017
122 India 92.67 2017
123 Lebanon 92.60 2017
124 Oman 91.94 2017
125 Pakistan 91.47 2017
126 Azerbaijan 91.39 2017
127 Vanuatu 91.26 2017
128 Peru 91.13 2017
129 Albania 91.04 2017
130 Jamaica 90.65 2017
131 Botswana 90.34 2017
132 Sri Lanka 89.42 2017
133 Indonesia 89.34 2017
134 Moldova 89.06 2017
135 Nepal 88.81 2017
136 Kyrgyz Republic 87.46 2017
137 Cabo Verde 87.08 2017
138 Morocco 86.78 2017
139 Gabon 85.77 2017
140 Serbia 85.52 2017
141 São Tomé and Principe 84.29 2017
142 Mongolia 83.31 2017
143 Namibia 82.54 2017
144 Lao PDR 82.06 2017
145 Myanmar 81.77 2017
146 Nicaragua 81.52 2017
147 Ghana 81.45 2017
148 Tajikistan 81.20 2017
149 Senegal 80.68 2017
150 Comoros 80.17 2017
151 Cambodia 78.51 2017
152 Timor-Leste 78.34 2017
153 Mali 78.26 2017
154 The Gambia 77.99 2017
155 Djibouti 75.63 2017
156 Congo 73.22 2017
157 Liberia 72.95 2017
158 Côte d'Ivoire 72.87 2017
159 Kiribati 71.62 2017
160 Nigeria 71.38 2017
161 Mauritania 70.70 2017
162 Eswatini 69.01 2017
163 Malawi 68.83 2017
164 Lesotho 68.65 2017
165 Solomon Islands 67.78 2017
166 Afghanistan 67.06 2017
167 Guinea-Bissau 66.63 2017
168 Benin 66.41 2017
169 Haiti 65.47 2017
170 Togo 65.13 2017
171 Equatorial Guinea 64.67 2017
172 Zimbabwe 64.05 2017
173 Yemen 63.47 2017
174 Guinea 61.90 2017
175 Burundi 60.83 2017
176 Sierra Leone 60.81 2017
177 Cameroon 60.38 2017
178 Sudan 60.27 2017
179 Zambia 59.96 2017
180 Kenya 58.92 2017
181 Rwanda 57.71 2017
182 Tanzania 56.73 2017
183 Angola 55.84 2017
184 Mozambique 55.69 2017
185 Madagascar 54.40 2017
186 Somalia 52.44 2017
187 Eritrea 51.85 2016
188 Niger 50.27 2017
189 Uganda 49.10 2017
190 Burkina Faso 47.89 2017
191 Central African Republic 46.33 2016
192 Dem. Rep. Congo 43.24 2017
193 Papua New Guinea 41.33 2017
194 Ethiopia 41.06 2017
195 Chad 38.70 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