Access to clean water is about more than survival: It is about giving kids the time they need to be children – to learn, play and be happy. For children to enjoy this precious time, families need access to safe water close to where they live.
Around the world, children spend too much of their time collecting water or searching for a toilet. Globally, women and girls collectively spend about 200 million hours a day gathering water. Women and girls without toilets collectively spend around 266 million hours a day trying to find a place to go.
Lack of access to safe water and sanitation also puts children’s health at risk. When their time is hijacked by illness or water collection, children do not have time to do things that contribute to their overall development and well-being. These things include attending school, playing with their friends, helping out around the house or simply being children.
The new Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) for water and sanitation, Goal 6, calls for universal access to safe drinking water. The first step is to provide everyone with basic water service within a 30-minute round trip from their homes. The long-term goal is to make sure everyone has safe water in their homes.
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