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What is World Water Day?


International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. This is part of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: sanitation and water. This year, the theme for World Water Day, "Leaving no one behind", focuses on how marginalized groups may be overlooked when it comes to accessing water and sanitation. Addressing and breaking down these barriers is essential to truly achieving "water for all". For more information and resources, visit the World Water Day website.


World Water Day Quiz

How much do you know about global access to water and sanitation? Click below to check your facts (and learn some more) with IWA Publishing's special World Water Day quiz, made in partnership with UN Water.


World Water Day Article Collection

To support UN Water's goal to spread awareness of the global water crisis and the knowledge to combat it, IWA Publishing are sharing a collection of 20 relevant papers below. Even better, the entire collection has been made FREE until the end of March! Discover essential research on access to water and sanitation now.



Access to drinking water: Time matters
Cassivi A., Dorea C.C., Johnston R., Waygood E.O.D. 
Journal of Water and Health, 16 (4), 2018. DOI: 10.2166/wh.2018.009

Developing water and sanitation services in refugee settings from emergency to sustainability – The case of Zaatari camp in Jordan
van der Helm A.W.C., Bhai A., Coloni F., Koning W.J.G., de Bakker P.T. 
Journal of Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, 7 (3), 2017. DOI: 10.2166/washdev.2017.107

Cost analysis of the implementation of portable handwashing and drinking water stations in rural Kenyan health facilities
Freedman M., Bennett S.D., Rainey R., Otieno R., Quick R. 
Journal of Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, 7 (4), 2017. DOI: 10.2166/washdev.2017.010

Sanitation and externalities: Evidence from early childhood health in rural India
Andrés L., Briceño B., Chase C., Echenique J.A. 
Journal of Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, 7 (2), 2017. DOI: 10.2166/washdev.2017.143

What has poverty got to do with it? Analysis of household access to improved sanitation in Ghana
Mariwah S., Amo-Adjei J., Anima P. 
Journal of Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, 7 (1), 2017. DOI: 10.2166/washdev.2017.101

Local self-governance, ethnic division in slums and preference for water supply institutions in Kolkata, India
De I., Nag T. 
Water Policy, 18 (3), 2016. DOI: 10.2166/wp.2015.127

Access to safe drinking water and human health: Empirical evidence from rural Bhutan
Rahut D.B., Ali A., Chhetri N.B., Behera B., Jena P.R. 
Water Science and Technology: Water Supply, 16 (5), 2016. DOI: 10.2166/ws.2016.063

Monitoring and evaluation of WASH in schools programs: Lessons from implementing organizations
Deroo L., Walter E., Graham J. 
Journal of Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, 5 (3), 2015. DOI: 10.2166/washdev.2015.026

The paradox of water accessibility: Understanding the temporal and spatial dimensions of access to improved water sources in Rwanda
Osei L., Amoyaw J., Boateng G.O., Boamah S., Luginaah I. 
Journal of Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, 5 (4), 2015. DOI: 10.2166/washdev.2015.029

Access to improved sanitation facilities in low-income informal settlements of east african cities
Okurut K., Kulabako R.N., Abbott P., Adogo J.M., Chenoweth J., Pedley S., Tsinda A., Charles K. 
Journal of Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, 5 (1), 2015. DOI: 10.2166/washdev.2014.029

A study of water and sanitation access trends in peru: Where do inequities persist?
Eagin B., Graham J.P. 
Journal of Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, 4 (3), 2014. DOI: 10.2166/washdev.2014.113

Spatial variations in access to improved sanitation and water in Lagos state
Kunnuji M. 
Journal of Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, 4 (4), 2014. DOI: 10.2166/washdev.2014.102

Issues in access to safe drinking water and basic hygiene for persons with physical disabilities in rural Cambodia
MacLeod M., Pann M., Cantwell R., Moore S. 
Journal of Water and Health, 12 (4), 2014. DOI: 10.2166/wh.2014.009

Factors influencing householders' access to improved water in low-income urban areas of Accra, Ghana
Mahama A.M., Anaman K.A., Osei-Akoto I. 
Journal of Water and Health, 12 (2), 2014. DOI: 10.2166/wh.2014.149

Sub-national inequities in Philippine water access associated with poverty and water potential
Fehr A., Sahin M., Freeman M.C. 
Journal of Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, 3 (4), 2013. DOI: 10.2166/washdev.2013.115

Rights-based indicators regarding non-discrimination and equity in access to water and sanitation
Amjad U.Q., Kayser G., Meier B.M. 
Journal of Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, 4 (1), 2013. DOI: 10.2166/washdev.2013.041

A qualitative study of access to sanitation amongst low-income working women in Bangalore, India
Rajaraman D., Travasso S.M., Heymann S.J. 
Journal of Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, 3 (3), 2013. DOI: 10.2166/washdev.2013.114

Influence of privatization of water delivery on access to the right to water in Kenya
Van De Loo E. 
Water Policy, 13 (2), 2011. DOI: 10.2166/wp.2010.071

Disparities in access to clean water and sanitation: Institutional causes
Whitford A.B., Smith H., Mandawat A. 
Water Policy, 12 (S1), 2010. DOI: 10.2166/wp.2010.019

Reinforcing water and sanitation sector reform in South Africa
Busari O., Jackson B. 
Water Policy, 8 (4), 2006. DOI: 10.2166/wp.2006.038
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