On United Nations (UN) World Water Day, Reall highlights how affordable housing with clean water access has the power to combat one of the world’s greatest challenges to human health.
Watch Theodora Newman, Reall’s Investor Relations Manager, explain how Reall’s work is unlocking access to clean water.
The global water crisis
- Rapid urban growth in Africa and Asia has meant that many cities can’t keep up with the water needs of their populations
- 297,000 children under five die every year from diarrhoeal diseases due to poor sanitation, poor hygiene, or unsafe drinking water
- Households without access to public water must self-provide or buy water from private sources, which costs up to 52 times as much as piped water
We need to act urgently if we’re to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: Water and sanitation for all by 2030.
Reall delivers affordable housing with clean water access
- Over 1.1 million people in Africa and Asia have access to better sanitation through Reall’s affordable housing
- Reall has built over 97,000 in-house toilets – improving the lives of over half a million people
- Reall has pioneered innovative decentralised wastewater treatment systems (DEWATS) and sanitation for low-income households in Kenya, Nepal, and Zimbabwe
The impacts are life changing
- Access to safe water leads to improved health, dignity, social status, cleanliness and overall wellbeing of families
- Indoor water liberates women and girls from hours spent collecting water for the family, allowing time for learning, enterprise or childcare
- An estimated 10% of global disease could be prevented through safe water access
- Widespread access to water provides a frontline defence against future pandemics like Covid-19
Combating the water crisis through decent, affordable homes with access to sanitation is an opportunity to create pandemic resilient, economically strong, thriving communities of the future.
Reall is proud to partner with the Swedish International Development Coorporation Agency (Sida)
- Read our report on Unlocking sustainable water, sanitation and services through affordable housing
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