Access to clean water and safe sanitation are essential to human and to environmental health. Effective creation and management of freshwater systems are necessary to a sustainable environment and economic prosperity. For many in rural areas, fresh, clean water is the difference between a decent life, poverty, hunger, malnutrition and cleanliness.


844 Million people lack even a basic drinking-water system, 159 million people are dependent on surface water as a source

More than 2 billion people worldwide are living in areas with excess water stress, meaning the total freshwater withdrawn exceeds 25% of the renewable freshwater available.

Northern Africa and Western Asia have water stress levels of over 60%, which indicates a strong possibility of scarcity in the future.By 2025, half of the world’s population will be living in water stressed areas.

More than 40% of the global population faces water scarcity or future insecurity. Figure is expected to increase over the years due to climate change

At least 2 billion people use a drinking water source that is contaminated with feces. Contaminated water is estimated to cause over 500,000 deaths per year.

Low and middle income countries reported that 38% of health care facilities lack an improved water source, 19% do not have improved sanitation and 35% lack water and soap for washing hands and body.

2.4 billion people live without access to safe and improved sanitation facilities such as toilets. 892 million people defecate in the open such as street gutters, bushes or in open bodies of water

At least 10% of the world’s population consumes food irrigated by potentially contaminated waste water. Insufficient sanitation and hygiene is estimated to cause 280,000 deaths annually.

More than 80% of wastewater resulting from human activities is discharged into rivers or sea without any pollution removal. Each day, nearly 1,000 children die due to preventable water and sanitation-related diarrheal diseases

Approximately 70% of all water abstracted from rivers, lakes and aquifers is used for irrigation. Floods and other water-related disasters account for 70% of all deaths related to natural disasters

1 in 4 health care facilities lacks basic water services. 3 in 10 people lack access to safely managed drinking water services and 6 in 10 people lack access to safely managed sanitation facilities.

Water scarcity affects more than 40% of the global population and is projected to rise. Over 1.7 billion people are currently living in river basins where water use exceeds recharge.


The UNESCO goal is to ensure clean drinking water and proper sanitation facilities for all by 2030. Many innovations have already been made to provide proper water and sanitations especially to those in the developing world. Prepr can help you create a solution and ensure every global citizen has access to clean water and sanitation.

Innovations Around the World

Clean Water


Mesh nets put high up in the mountains catch fog and moisture in the air. It is estimated that over 6,300 litres can be harvested a day. This simple yet useful  innovation is currently in use throughout Peru, Chile, Morocco and California. In 2016, the non-profit responsible, Dar Si Hmad won the UN’s Momentum To Change Award.

Clean Water


These books were made by the Non-Profit Water Is Life. The book contains pages that outline clean water and sanitation basics, while also being useable as a water filter. Each book contains enough filters to supply the reader with clean water for four years.  It purifies 99.9% of the water of all bacteria. It’s currently being distributed in Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania and a Persian Farsi version is being created.

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