Importance of Clean Water Access for Quality of Life In 2000, a special report created by the United Nations World Commission on Water showed that about three billion people in the world do not have access to proper water and sanitation facilities (“Billions without clean water,” 2000, para. 2). A separate report by UNICEF later showed that over 880 million people must use unhygienic sources of drinking water, leading to widespread health issues (UNICEF, 2009, para. 1). It is generally understood by nearly everyone that easy and regular access to safe, clean water is one of the basic necessities for human life and well-being. Unfortunately, as the above-mentioned UN report noted, work to improve worldwide water hygiene is “not keeping pace...The end:
.....l importance of clean water access. People's lives are directly impacted by water acquisition and distribution issues on a daily basis, and improved access to reliable supplies can have a significant influence in increasing individual well-being, health, and economic productivity anywhere in the world. References Billions without clean water (2000). BBC News Online, 14 March. Accessed 5 April 2010 from: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/676064.stm. Schleifer, Y. (2009). Is access to clean water a basic human right? Christian Science Monitor, 19 March. Accessed 5 April 2010 from: www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2009/0319/p06s01-woeu.html UNICEF (2009). Water, sanitation and hygiene. UNICEF, 18 August. Accessed 5 April 2010 from: www.unicef.org/wash.