The Millennium Development Goal for access to clean water has been reached, ahead of the target date of 2015. Now 89% of the population of the world has access to improved water supplies, up from 76% in the base year of 1990. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on March 6, 2012 hailed the achievement of halving the number of people without access to improved drinking water.
Improvement to clean water supplies has not been even: 40% of those still without access to improved drinking water live in sub-Saharan Africa, Worldwide, almost 800 million people still drink dirty water. But in the past 20 years, two billion people have gained access to improved drinking water. This is the first significant Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to be reached.