World Access to Water in 5 Infographics

People line up to collect water at Yazarthingyan lake in Dala township, near Yangon, Myanmar. Photograph: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters

How many people have access to clean and safe water? Where do they get it from and how much do they pay for it? A report by the World Health Organisation/Unicef Joint Monitoring Programme delves into data on drinking water from the last 17 years to give a detailed view of the state of access to drinking water today. It also examines how the current situation matches up to the vision for universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water - set out by the sustainable development goals (SDGs). It considers gaps in the data and what we still need to know to achieve universal access. Here's a tour of the report using five infographics that illustrate the issues.