By Elizabeth Zach, RCAC staff writer

The United Nations has released a sweeping report that outlines gross inequities across the globe, whereby more than two billion people do not have clean drinking water, and more than four billion lack reliable sanitation infrastructure.

“Improved water resources management and access to safe water and sanitation for all is essential for eradicating poverty, building peaceful and prosperous societies, and ensuring that ‘no one is left behind’ on the road toward sustainable development,” the authors of the 2019 UNESCO report, titled “Leaving No One Behind” write.

Rick Connor, the report’s editor-in-chief, said that low-income people, and more often than not those in rural areas, must often buy water from trucks, kiosks and other vendors, spending roughly 10 to 20 times more than do their urban counterparts.

“The misperception is that they don’t have water because they can’t afford it — and that is completely wrong,” Connor told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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