Water and sanitation
Impact of China on sanitation (pdf)
China accounts for more than two-thirds of the population of the East Asia and Pacific region, having a significant impact on water and sanitation (WASH) averages in the region as a whole. Certain key WASH indicators are quite different in the region with China statistics excluded.
WASH coverage in the Pacific (pdf)
The Pacific sub-region, consisting of 14 Pacific island countries and Papua New Guinea, has a much different water and sanitation (WASH) profile than the East Asia and Pacific region as a whole. Both sanitation and water coverage are far below the East Asia average.
Access to water (pdf)
More than half of the population of the region now have access to piped water directly to their homes. 677 million more people use improved drinking water than 20 years ago, the majority of them in China. The majority of people use household water treatment to improve their drinking water quality.
Sanitation coverage (pdf)
The proportion of people in East Asia and the Pacific using improved sanitation increased 35 per cent between 1990 and 2010, meaning 823 million more people use improved sanitation compared to 20 years ago. However, 671 million people are still without access to improved sanitation.