In partnership with National Geographic Magazine, we developed an easy to use interactive and informative data visualization project addressing the issue of access to clean water around the world.
In 1990, and as part of the Millennium Development Goals, the UN declared that it would work with world’s leading governing bodies to halve the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water. Twenty years later and the aim was successfully achieved. Moreover, as of 2015, 90 percent of the global population have now access to “improved” water. This includes access to water from pipes or wells that protect water from contamination, largely from fecal matter. While access to water has improved in both urban and rural regions, there is still a lot left to be done. Eight out of every ten people without access to clean water live in rural areas. In fact, 84 percent of people in rural areas have safe drinking water, compared with 96 percent in urban areas.