If Clean Water Is a Right, Why Have We Been So Wrong?

Despite Trillions in Investments, Hundreds of Millions of People Are Still Drinking Unsafe Water

If Clean Water Is a Right, Why Have We Been So Wrong?

In some parts of the globe, people trek on foot for miles every day for clean water to carry home in heavy tanks. In many developing counties, toilets are scarce and wastewater management is non-existent—an estimated 2,200 children die every day as a result of diarrheal diseases.

Access to safe and clean water is a universal human right, according to a 2010 United Nations resolution. But access to that right is far from universal. Though global leaders and philanthropists have spent trillions of dollars on infrastructure and services, nearly 770 million …

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