Delivering Results

Global progress on water and sanitation is possible. USAID’s water and sanitation assistance has resulted in millions of people gaining access to improved drinking water and sanitation services, globally. 

Under the U.S. Government Global Water Strategy, USAID set targets to help provide 15 million people with sustainable access to safe drinking water services, and 8 million people with sustainable access to sanitation services by 2022. 

To reach these targets and help partner countries move away from donor assistance and toward self-reliance, USAID seeks to strengthen sector governance and mobilize innovative financing; increase sustainable access and use of sanitation and the practice of key hygiene behaviors; increase sustainable access to safe drinking water; and improve the management of water resources.  

The cumulative results below are based on USAID’s annual reporting since FY 2008. Data on women and girls have only been calculated since FY 2016. 

42 million

(FY 2008–FY 2017)


people gained access to an improved

Drinking Water Service

27.2 million

(FY 2008–FY 2017)


people gained access to an improved

Sanitation Service

1.9 million

(FY 2017)


Women and Girls

gained access to an improved

Drinking Water Service

1.7 million

(FY 2017)


Women and Girls

gained access to an improved

Sanitation Service