Access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation services is vital to human health. However, about 650 million people, or 10% of the world's population, do not have access to safe water, putting them at risk of infectious diseases and premature death.
People gather to fetch water from a huge well in the village of Natwarghad in the western Indian state of Gujarat Reuters
Dirty water and poor sanitation can cause severe diseases in children, killing 900 under-fives every day across the world, according to United Nations estimates – or one child every two minutes.
Among newborn babies, the World Health Organisation says infections caused by a lack of safe water and an unclean environment cause one death every minute somewhere in the world. Slum dwellers collect drinking water from a submerged hand-pump after heavy rains in the northern Indian city of Allahabad Reuters A girl collects drinking water from the Dala river outside Yangon, Myanmar Reuters North Koreans wash their laundry as others skate on the ice on the Yalu river near the border with China Reuters A boy bathes on the side of the road in the southern Indian city of Chennai Reuters Children collect water from a swamp in Mwea, Kenya AFP
This year's United Nations World Water Day (22 March) is focused on water and jobs. It aims to highlight how water can create paid and decent work and contribute to a greener economy and sustainable development.
To mark World Water Day 2016, this
IBTimes UK photo essay is a reminder that one in ten people on our planet still do not have access to clean, safe water.
A boy bathes under a communal tap near a polluted water channel early one morning in Kolkata, India Reuters A woman carries jerry cans to fill them with water from a communal tap in Yemen's capital Sanaa Reuters A migrant worker carries water for drinking and cooking from a public tap at a migrant workers' village in Beijing Reuters A man carries buckets filled with water on the banks of the river Ganges in Allahabad, India Reuters A slum dweller keeps an eye open for trains as she collects drinking water from a puddle between railway tracks in Mumbai Reuters Residents use an improvised raft to cross a sewage canal at a slum in Mumbai Reuters A resident digs a well in Arbeen, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta,Syria Reuters Women queue for drinking water from a municipal corporation water tanker in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad Reuters A man fills barrels with potable water from a tanker truck at Lomas de Carabayllo, a shantytown north of Lima, Peru Reuters A schoolgirl tries to collect water from a shallow puddle in Nongoma north west of Durban, during a drought in South Africa AFP A man drinks water from a pump in a flooded area of Nowshera district, in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province AFP Bangladeshi and Rohingya migrants who were found drifting at sea collect rain water at a temporary shelter in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state AFP Pedestrians cover their noses as they cross a bridge over a polluted canal in east Bangalore, India AFP Somalian refugees return from collecting water at the edge of the Dagahaley refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya Getty Images Bottles tied to ropes are lowered into an almost empty well in Bhaktapur, Nepal Reuters Displaced people carry water containers on their heads at Tomping camp, near South Sudan's capital Juba James Akena/Reuters Children bathe in waste water at a slum in Jakarta, Indonesia Reuters A girl collects water from a hole in the ground in the Tariq district of the Saddam city neighbourhood of Baghdad Reuters A girl uses a submerged hand-pump to fetch drinking water during floods at Dhuhibala village in the northeastern Indian state of Assam Reuters A boy drinks coloured water from a pond in Bule Duba village, near the edge of Oroma and Somali regions of Ethiopia Reuters A girl from the war-torn Blue Nile state collects water from a muddy pond in South Sudan's Doro refugee camp Reuters Villagers carry pitchers filled with drinking water after visiting a well at Meni village in the western Indian state of Gujarat Reuters A man, marooned by flood water along with his his livestock, waves towards an Army helicopter for relief handout in the Rajanpur district of Pakistan's Punjab province Reuters A villager walks past a caked pond in the drought-hit Shilin County of Kunming, Yunnan province, China Reuters A man wraps a cloth around himself after a ritual dip in the polluted Yamuna river in New Delhi Reuters Residents crowd around the only standpipe in Mabella slum in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown Reuters A man collects water from a storage tank on the outskirts of Suining, southwest China's Sichuan province Reuters Women collect drinking water from a shallow bed of the Siang River at Berasapori village, some 560 kms from Guwahati, the capital city of India's northeastern state of Assam AFP A girl fetches murky water from a hole dug near a barren well in Jamam, South Sudan AFP A woman collects a sample of red polluted water flowing from a sewer into the Jian River in Luoyang, north China's Henan province AFP A young Syrian refugee drinks water from a tank at a refugee camp in Qushtapa on the outskirts of the city of Arbil, in Iraq's Kurdistan region Reuters Children push a cart with water containers along a bombed-out street in Aleppo, Syria Reuters Ismael Adam, 2, drinks from a bowl of water at the Abu Shouk camp for internally displaced people, in El-Fasher, Sudan Reuters The fingers of malnourished one-year-old Alassa Galisou are pressed against the lips of his mother Fatou Ousseini at an emergency feeding clinic in the town of Tahoua in northwestern Niger. One of the worst droughts in living memory destroyed much of the crop, leaving an estimated 3.6 million people short of food, including tens of thousands of starving children Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters World Water Day is observed on 22 March every year to celebrate water and raise awareness of water-related issues. One of the ideas behind having a special day is to make people think twice about how much water they waste. People who have plentiful access to water are encouraged to try not turning on their taps all day. Water is a finite resource that is fundamental to human well-being. Don't waste it.