Sustainable Development Goal 6

Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of people around the world, an alarming figure that is projected to increase with the rise of global temperatures as a result of climate change. Although 2.1 billion people have gained access to improved water sanitation since 1990, dwindling supplies of safe drinking water is a major problem impacting every continent.

In 2011, 41 countries experienced water stress – 10 of which are close to depleting their supply of renewable freshwater and must now rely on alternative sources. Increasing drought and desertification is already worsening these trends. By 2050, it is projected that at least one in four people will be affected by recurring water shortages.

Ensuring universal access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030 requires we invest in adequate infrastructure, provide sanitation facilities, and encourage hygiene at every level. Protecting and restoring water-related ecosystems such as forests, mountains, wetlands and rivers is essential if we are to mitigate water scarcity. More international cooperation is also needed to encourage water efficiency and support treatment technologies in developing countries.

Sierra Leone Facts and Figures

Source: Stastics Sierra Leone

 

Proportion of the population with access to improved drinking water source at national, rural and urban settings (g7+)

51.80%

 

 

Proportion of households with access to safe drinking water

42.00%

 

 

Proportion of the population with access to improved sanitation and hygiene (national, rural and urban settings)

48.70%

 

 

Proportion of households with improved sanitation facilities

48.80%

 

 

Proportion of the population with access to improved sanitation and hygiene (not shared)

22.70%

 

 

Freshwater withdrawal (%)

0.10%

 

Sierra Leone IndicatorsBaselineSource of baseline data (Date)CurrentSource Page NumberSource of Current Data (Date)Targets
By End 2020By End 2025By End 2030
6.1.1 Proportion of the population with access to improved drinking water source at national, rural and urban settings (g7+)51.80%SLDHS (2013)71.315MICS6 (2017)67.87%83.93%100.00%
6.1.2 Proportion of households with access to safe drinking water42.00%SLDHS (2013)67.815MICS6 (2017)61.33%80.67%100.00%
6.1.3 Proportion of the population with access to improved sanitation and hygiene (national, rural and urban settings)48.70%SLDHS (2013)48.215MICS6 (2017)65.80%82.90%100.00%
6.1.4 Proportion of households with improved sanitation facilities48.80%SLDHS (2013)48.215MICS6 (2017)65.87%82.93%100.00%
6.1.6 Proportion of the population with access to improved sanitation and hygiene (not shared)22.70%SLDHS (2013)43.6285MICS6 (2017)46.83%70.97%95.10%
6.3.1 Freshwater withdrawal (%)0.10%   FAO (2016)<20%<20%<20%