One in three people live without sanitation. This is causing unnecessary disease and death. Although huge strides have been made with access to clean drinking water, lack of sanitation is undermining these advances. If we provide affordable equipment and education in hygiene practices, we can stop this senseless suffering and loss of life.

GOAL 6 IN numbers

  • By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all
  • By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations
  • By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally
  • By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity
  • By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate
  • By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes
  • By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies
  • Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management

Goal 6 Indicators (Preliminary data from PSA)

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GOAL 6 IN action

List of Key Government Programs, Activities, or Projects (PAPs) Contributing to Goal 6

New Centennial Water Source - Kaliwa Dam Project

The New Centennial Water Source-Kaliwa Dam Project (NCWS-KDP) of the (Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System) MWSS is an integrated system that includes the 600 million liters per day (MLD) Kaliwa Dam, its intake and other appurtenant facilities, and a 2,400 MLD capacity raw water conveyance tunnel.