It is estimated that around 660 million people still rely on unprotected sources like ponds, dams, wells and springs for drinking water. A far greater number, 2.4 billion people, do not have access to a toilet. Water-borne illness kills a million children under 5 each year. Water poverty undermines health, hinders economic development and pollutes the environment. Taking one cent per litre of bottled water sold globally and collecting it into a fund for water could potentially raise $3billion a year for investment in water services. We developed the political strategy and analytics for this micro-levy concept, which is now moving into a mobilisation phase.
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