Goal 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

In Nigeria, Although more people have gained access to improved water sanitation since 2011, dwindling supplies of safe drinking water is a major problem impacting the country. Twenty five percent of Nigerians defecate in the open and do not have access to basic sanitation services like toilets or latrines and more than 59,000 Nigerian children under the age of five die annually from preventable water and sanitation related diseases,

By 2050, it is projected that at least one in four people will be affected by recurring water shortages.

Ensuring universal access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030 requires we invest in adequate infrastructure, provide sanitation facilities, and encourage hygiene at every level. Protecting and restoring water-related ecosystems such as forests, mountains, wetlands and rivers is essential if we are to mitigate water scarcity. More international cooperation is also needed to encourage water efficiency and support treatment technologies in developing countries.

Facts and figures

1 in 3 and 1 in 10

69 million Nigerians about 35% of the population have no access to safe water while  less than 1 in 10 (9.2 percent) of households drink safe water.

64% and 35.9%

2 out of every 3 (64%) households use improved water sources while a little more than one-third (35.9%) used improved sanitation compared to  58.5 percent and 31 percent respectively in 2011.

1.7%

If Nigeria tripled its investment to a minimum of 1.7 per cent from the current 0.6 per cent GDP, it would meet the SDGs by 2030.

25 %

people in Nigeria do not have access to basic sanitation services like toilets or latrines.

Over 59,000

Nigerian children under the age of five die annually from preventable water and sanitation related diseases,

80%

80 percent of wastewater from human activities is discharged into waterways without any pollution removal.

3rd

UNICEF ranked Nigeria 3rd behind China and India as countries with the largest population without adequate water supply and sanitation coverage.
 
UN Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 1 No Poverty
Goal 2 Zero Hunger
Goal 3 Good Health and Well Being
Goal 4 Quality Education
Goal 5 Gender Equality
Goal 6 Clean Water and Sanitation
Goal 7 Affordable and Clean Energy
Goal 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth
Goal 9 Industry Innovation and Infrastructure
Goal 10 Reduced Inequalities
Goal 11 Sustainable Cities And Communities
Goal 12 Responsible Consumption and Production
Goal 13 Climate Action
Goal 14 Life Below Water
Goal 15 Live on Land
Goal 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Goal 17 Partnership For The Goals
 

Goals in action

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