Globally, the inequalities between those having access to water living in an urban area or rural areas have decreased but large gaps remain.
UNICEF stated that 663 million people are still without access to clean drinking water, despite the Millennium Development Goal target for clean water being met in 2010. 8 out of 10 people without access to clean water live in rural areas. 159 million people use untreated water from lakes and rivers, the most unsafe water source there is. Since 1990, 2.6 billion people have gained access to improved drinking water and today, 91% of the world's population drink clean water. See more
785 million people lack even a basic drinking-water service, including 144 million people who are dependent on surface water. Globally, at least 2 billion people use a drinking water source contaminated with faeces. See more