The poorest households in Asia have been left behind, according to results of the AWDO 2013 household water security index. The richest households have benefited most from investments to increase acce...
ss to safe drinking water and sanitation. Since the first edition of AWDO in 2007, food, energy, and economic crises have forced new thinking about the value of drinking water supply and sanitation. More than just a basic need, water and sanitation services are now recognized as a human right by the United Nations and a crucial element in the emergence and survival of small household businesses. These services also are essential keys to protecting households during water-related disasters and extreme weather events that otherwise would put personal investments and public health at risk. New research shows that households—especially the poorest—need water for more than just personal consumption and hygiene. Where they have access to reliable water supply and sanitation services, households put water supplies to productive use in backyard industries, in livelihood actions, and as a strategy for increasing resilience to disasters.
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