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Mar 18, 2016

Some 650 million people, or one in 10 of the world's population, have no access to safe water, putting them at risk of infectious diseases and premature death. Dirty water and poor sanitation can cause severe diarrhoeal diseases in children, killing 900 under-five a day across the world, according to United Nations estimates. World Water Day, marked this year on March 22, highlights various concerns about the world's water resources, and in 2016 is focusing on how good access to safe water can create paid work and contribute to a greener economy.

The Thirst For Clean Water
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Water pipes run the length of the causeway between Singapore and Malaysia's southern city of Johor Bahru (R), transporting up to 250 million gallons (946 million litres) of water or approximately 60 percent of Singapore's water needs each day, March 10, 2016. EDGAR SU/REUTERS

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