29% of the global population, or 2.1 billion people, lack safely managed drinking water services and 61% of the global population (4.5 billion people) lack safely managed sanitation. These are the latest figures from the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Program (JMP) for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene‘s first report of the SDG period, Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene: 2017 update and SDG baselines.

The 2.1 billion people without safely managed drinking water services includes 1.3 billion people with basic services, meaning an improved water source located within 30 minutes; 263 million people with limited services, or an improved water source requiring more than 30 minutes to collect water; 423 million people taking water from unprotected wells and springs, and 159 million people collecting untreated surface water from lakes, ponds, rivers and streams.

The 4.5 billion people without safely managed sanitation services includes 2.1 billion people with basic services, meaning an improved sanitation facility which is not shared; 600 million people with limited services, or an improved sanitation facility which is shared; 856 million people using unprotected latrines or bucket toilets, and 892 million people collecting practising open defecation.

Read more about safely managed sanitation services and their importance in the World Toilet Day factsheet.

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