Three-Quarters of Asia-Pacific Nations ‘Lack Water Security’

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Three-Quarters of Asia-Pacific Nations ‘Lack Water Security’

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 4:30pm

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By Prime Sarmiento and Shaira Panela

About 75 per cent of emerging economies in the Asia-Pacific region suffer from low levels of water security, with millions still living without safe water supplies and sanitation facilities, according to a study published this week (13 March).

The Asian Water Development Outlook 2013, prepared by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Asia Pacific Water Forum, showed that out of the 49 countries surveyed, 37 are facing serious water crises.

The study blamed rising populations, urbanisation, lack of governmental investmentand outdated policies and institutions, among other factors, for failing to provide communities with adequate sanitation services and access to safe, piped water.

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