Pakistan Water and Sanitation 2015

In the 25 years since the World Health Organization/Unicef Joint Monitoring Programme began to document the world’s access to drinking water and sanitation, a lot has changed.

91 percent of the global population now has piped water onto its premises or another form of adequate drinking water, up from 76 percent in 1990.

Now 1 in 3 people are still without adequate sanitation facilities, down from half.

Access to drinking water in Pakistan has increased from 86 percent in 1990 to 91 percent in 2015. This is two-thirds of target met.

In urban areas today, 94 percent Pakistanis have access to drinking water. In rural areas, this access is 90 percent.


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In urban areas today, 83 percent Pakistanis have access to sanitation. In rural areas, this access is 51 percent.

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Below: Urban and Rural Divide in Sanitation

Pakistan Water and Sanitation Urban & Rural Divide

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Piped water on premises: piped water on premises

Alternative adequate water sources: public taps, tube wells or boreholes, protected dug wells, protected springs, rainwater collection

Surface water: sources are river, dam, lake, pond, canal, irrigation channels

Unprotected water: unprotected dug wells or springs, tanker trucks, cart with small tank/drum (water vendor)


Adequate facilities: facilities likely to ensure hygienic separation of human excrete from human contact; includes flush/pour flush to piped sewer system, septic tank composting toilet, ventilated improved pit latrines or pit latrine with a slab.

Shared facilities: sanitation facilities of an otherwise acceptable type shared with other households.

Other unhygienic facilities: facilities don’t ensure hygienic separation of human excrete from human contact; includes pit latrines without a slab or platform, hanging latrines and bucket latrines.

Open defecation: when human feces are disposed of in fields, forests, bushes, open bodies of water, other open spaces or disposed of with solid waste.

Target: 50% or more of those with inadequate water or sanitation in 1990 have adequate conditions in 2015

You can explore, country by country, access to water and sanitation and see what’s changed since 1990.

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  • Frah Mukhtar

    Water is expensive, it costs much to develop and maintain the system, we are neither paying nor are willing to pay for the actual price of water.