Presenting target 6.1 on drinking water

What and why?

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.

In 2015, 71 per cent of people worldwide used safely managed drinking water services (i.e. from an improved source, located in the home, available when needed and free of contamination) and an additional 17 per cent used basic services (i.e. from an improved source, located within a 30-minute round trip from the home). In 2015, estimates for safely managed drinking water were available for 96 countries, representing 35 per cent of the global population. Source: Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene: 2017 update and SDG baselines (JMP, 2017). Photo credit: XXX, Creative Commons Attribution. 

In 2015, 71 per cent of people worldwide used safely managed drinking water services (i.e. from an improved source, located in the home, available when needed and free of contamination) and an additional 17 per cent used basic services (i.e. from an improved source, located within a 30-minute round trip from the home). In 2015, estimates for safely managed drinking water were available for 96 countries, representing 35 per cent of the global population. Source: Progress on drinking water, sanitation and hygiene: 2017 update and SDG baselines (JMP, 2017). Photo credit: XXX, Creative Commons Attribution. 

How can monitoring help?

Progress towards target 6.1 at the global level will be monitored through one indicator: