At least 2 billion people worldwide rely on a contaminated drinking water source, and 785 million lack even a basic water service. Contaminated drinking water can transmit diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and polio, and causes roughly 485,000 diarrheal deaths each year.*
Global Partnerships’ affiliated funds aim to improve the health, productivity, and quality of life of households living in poverty by investing in social enterprises that enable access to affordable, consistent clean water.
WHO IS SERVED
The target demographic is households without a reliable, nearby, clean and/or affordable water source living on <$5.50 PPP/person/day.
WHAT IS DELIVERED
Households must receive: Affordable, clean water from reliable and safely managed water sources
Households may also receive: Training in water transport / storage and sanitation / hygiene practices
WHY IT IS IMPACTFUL
Household health, productivity and quality of life increase due to:
- Lower exposure to water-borne disease & contaminants
- Less time lost to sickness and caring for sick family members
- Less time collecting water and/or boiling water
- Reduced burden on women and girls
*“Drinking Water Fact Sheet,” World Health Organization, March 21, 2022. https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/drinking-water