Report: Risk of Sanitation and Water Supply Services Slipping

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The 2012 Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water, calls for additional and more targeted resources, especially for routine operation and maintenance of existing systems and services.

 While access to water, sanitation and hygiene has improved globally, there is a serious risk that the world may slip backwards on the gains made.

That's the warning of a new report released Thursday by the World Health Organization and UN Water.

The 2012 Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water, calls for additional and more targeted resources, especially for routine operation and maintenance of existing systems and services.

Michel Jarraud, the Chair of UN-Water and Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization, says the report findings are vital to help identify reasons for the disparity in water access.

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It was announced In March that the Millenium Development Goal of cutting in half the number of people without access to safe drinking water had already been met ahead of the 2015 deadline.

But, Mr. Jarraud says that does not mean efforts should be relaxed because there are still billions who do not have access to safe drinking water.

He also stresses that the MDG target for sanitation is not on track, with 2.5 billion people still without access to improved sanitation.

 

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