Access to affordable water and sanitation services is crucial for the realization of the human rights to water and sanitation. Where water or sanitation services are available but not affordable, people will either not be able to use sufficient amounts of water and adequately maintain latrines, or will turn to cheaper, unsafe sources or practices, or will compromise the realization of other human rights such as food, housing, health or education.

The human rights framework requires that the use of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities and services be accessible at a price that is affordable to all, including marginalized and vulnerable individuals and groups.

Read the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Water & Sanitation leaflet on affordability, water & sanitation services & human rights.

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