2022 Sanitation and Groundwater

We face a global sanitation crisis. 

Today, 3.6 billion people are still living with poor quality toilets that ruin their health and pollute their environment. 

Inadequate sanitation systems spread human waste into rivers, lakes and soil, contaminating the water resources under our feet.

Safely managed sanitation protects groundwater from human waste pollution. 

Everyone must have access to a toilet connected to a sanitation system that effectively removes and treats human waste.


Valuing Toilets

We should all care more about toilets. If you have one, thank it. Life without a toilet is dirty, dangerous and undignified.

Public health depends on toilets. Toilets also drive improvements in gender equality, education, economics and the environment.

There will be no sustainable future without toilets. Governments must work four times faster and ensure toilets for all by 2030.

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Sustainable Sanitation and Climate Change

World Toilet Day is a United Nations Observance that celebrates toilets and raises awareness of the 4.2 billion people living without access to safely managed sanitation. It is about taking action to tackle the global sanitation crisis and achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.