Water for People, Water for Life

The World Water Development Report - Water for People, Water for Life - is the most comprehensive, up-to-date overview of the state of the resource. Presented on the eve of the Third World Water Forum (Kyoto, 2003 Japan, March 16 – 23, next report is 2020 !), it represents the single most important intellectual contribution to the Forum and the International Year of Freshwater. Lien. Kyoto in progress for 2020 lien.


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The report ranks 122 countries according to the quality of their water as well as their ability and commitment to improve the situation.

Belgium is considered the worst basically because of the low quantity and quality of its groundwater combined with heavy industrial pollution and poor treatment of wastewater. It is followed by Morocco, India, Jordan, Sudan, Niger, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic and Rwanda. 

The list of countries with the best quality is headed by Finland followed by Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Japan, Norway, Russian Federation, Republic of Korea, Sweden and France.