The local community school in Norak celebrates new access to clean drinking water, which reduces the risk of waterborne bacteria that cause diarrhea and typhoid.  Photo credit: Sayora Khalimova, USAID Development Outreach Communication Specialist Location: Norak, Sughd Province, Northern Tajikistan

Drinking Water

Access to safe drinking water is one of the cornerstones of public health; however, more than 660 million people around the world still lack access to a dependable drinking water supply. USAID helps partner countries reach the poor and assist the underserved in gaining first-time or improved access to basic drinking water services, laying the foundation for a healthier and more water-secure future one neighborhood and community at a time. This collection page features a variety of technical, multimedia, and learning resources detailing the many ways safe drinking water is inseparable from public health. For more information on topics related to drinking water, you can also visit’s Safe Drinking Water home page.


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