Good news like this is always tied to bad, but it sure is worth acknowledging:
Millennium development goal on safe drinking water reaches target early
UN tempers news that 89% of global population can access safe drinking water with warning that sanitation MDG is a long way off
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Unicef joint monitoring programme for water supply and sanitation (JMP), between 1990 and 2010 more than 2 billion people gained access to improved drinking water sources, such as piped supplies and protected wells. Using data from household surveys and censuses, the JMP said at the end of 2010, 89% of the population – 6.1 billion people – now used improved drinking water sources, 1% more than the 88% target contained in millennium development goal (MDG) number seven, set in 2000.
2 billion without access to clean and safe drinking water now have it. That is truly an accomplishment. Well done, UN Millennium Development Goals team!
P.S. The photo up top is of a wonderful natural spring on the side of a mountain road not far from BRI headquarters in Southern Oregon. People of certain persuasion make the trip up there now and then and fill up a bunch of jugs for their home supply. Because that little spring has got the best, coolest, most refreshing water you ever tasted – honestly, it does something to the inside of your mouth that science will never figure out! – and reading stories like this, one realizes that a little ol’ well like that is easy to take for granted… (Thanks to longtime BRI pal, D for the pic!)