10 Countries With the Worst Drinking Water

Nations With the Worst Water

More than a quarter of the world’s population – about 2.1 billion people – lack access to clean water, according to a report released this week by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. Accessibility of drinking water, availability when needed and levels of contamination were used to assess water services. National data were available for about 100 countries in 2015, and these are the 10 with the most poorly managed water supplies.

10. Mexico

Nearly three-quarters of people in Mexico drink packaged water, and the country is a world leader in consumption of bottled water per capita.

9. Congo

In rural parts of Congo, only 21 percent of people have access to water nearby, which is nearly double what it was five years ago.

8. Pakistan

Pakistan is the country with the greatest gap in basic hygiene between the richest and the poorest.

7. Bhutan

Only about a third of managed drinking water in Bhutan is free from contamination.

6. Ghana

More than half of people in Ghana have limited sanitation services.

5. Nepal

The lack of proper sanitation facilities in Nepal lends itself to 30 percent of the population practicing open defecation.

4. Cambodia

Cambodia is one of 18 countries where at least 5 percent of the population relies on delivered water.

3. Nigeria

Nigeria is one of the fastest improving countries when it comes to water quality, but 15 percent of people still drink from unimproved water sources.

2. Ethiopia

There is a significant 43-point gap between safely managed water services in rural and urban areas in Ethiopia.

1. Uganda

Nearly 40 percent of people in Uganda need to travel more than 30 minutes to access safe drinking water.


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