Tens of millions still lack clean water

A New York Times article published today (March 21) highlights many of the water issues still faced by Indians today.

In 1990 about 34 percent of Indians lacked safe drinking water; by 2008 that figure had fallen to 17 percent, according to a 2011 report from the Indian statistics ministry. Yet tens of millions of people, out of India’s population of 1.2 billion, still lack access to clean water.

According to the same report, 76 percent of India’s population had no access to hygienic toilets in 1990. By 2008, the figure had fallen, but was still 58 percent: and because sewage and waste disposal systems are often crude or non-existent in India, water, whether from wells or surface sources, is easily contaminated with toxins, including arsenic.

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