Presenting target 6.1 on drinking water

“By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all”

In 2015, 91% of people worldwide had access to an improved drinking water source compared to 76% in 1990; however, the water is not necessarily safe to drink. Source: Millennium Development Goals Report (Photo credit: Dominic Sansoni, World Bank)

In 2015, 91% of people worldwide had access to an improved drinking water source compared to 76% in 1990; however, the water is not necessarily safe to drink. Source: Millennium Development Goals Report (Photo credit: Dominic Sansoni, World Bank)

What is target 6.1 about?

One of the most essential uses of water is for drinking and hygiene purposes within households. This use is captured in target 6.1, which seeks to secure safe and affordable drinking water for all. Water “for all” households represents an important share of total water use (target 6.4). “Safe” drinking water means that it is free of contaminants; the treatment needed to reach “safe” is directly dependent on the quality of the raw water (targets 6.2, 6.3 and 6.6).

Targets 6.1 and 6.2 build on the MDG targets on drinking water and sanitation, and respond directly to the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation.

Global indicator 6.1.1 Proportion of population using safely managed drinking water services

Definition: Population using an improved drinking water source (piped water into dwellings, yards or plots; public taps or standpipes; boreholes or tubewells; protected dug wells; or protected springs and rainwater) that is located on premises and available when needed and which is free of faecal and priority chemical contamination.

Responsible for global compilation of data: UNICEF/WHO on behalf of UN-Water