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Poverty

A map of the world’s wealth mirrors a map charting access to clean water and sanitary facilities. The poor are the hardest hit by both.

Many of the world’s poor must make do with contaminated waters—and suffer the health hazards and socio-economic stagnation that result from lack of this critical resource. Those who do access clean water often pay the world’s highest prices for it. Slum dwellers in many cities, living beyond the reach of distribution systems, must buy from private sources and often pay five to ten times more for their water than do their wealthier neighbors connected to municipal systems.

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