Drinking water, also known as potable water, is
Globally, by 2015, 89% of people had access to water from a source that is suitable for drinking - called
About 1 to 2 billion people lack safe drinking water, a problem that causes 30,000 deaths each week. More people die from unsafe water than from war, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said in 2010.
According to the World Health Organization's 2017 report, safe drinking-water is water that "does not represent any significant risk to health over a lifetime of consumption, including different sensitivities that may occur between life stages.":2
A 'safely managed drinking water service" is "one located on premises, available when needed and free from contamination." By 2015, 5.2 billion people representing 71% of the global population used safely managed drinking water service.
The terms 'improved water source' and 'unimproved water source' were coined in 2002 as a drinking water monitoring tool by the
The SDC basic drinking water service is one in which a "round trip to collect water takes 30 minutes or less." Only Australia, New Zealand, North America and Europe have almost achieved universal basic drinking water services.:3