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Indicator 6.3.1 – Wastewater treatment

Wastewater is generated by households, both as sewage and as faecal sludge, and by economic activities. Safely treated means that the wastewater has undergone sufficient treatment for its intended recipient (e.g. lake, river, ocean or soil) or further use (e.g. in agriculture).

  • --- % At the global level, not enough country data were reported in 2015 to estimate the proportion of safely treated wastewater (SDG indicator 6.3.1)
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Proportion of UN Member States reporting on the indicator during the last 5 years:
Proportion of population of UN Member States that are covered by reporting during the last 5 years:
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The data displayed in the below maps and charts are preliminary estimates (based on data available in August 2018) and may change.

Global status of Indicator 6.3.1 Proportion of wastewater safely treated (%), from households (2015)

Proportion of wastewater safely treated (%)

Progress over time for Indicator 6.3.1 Proportion of wastewater safely treated (%), from households

Trend

SDG Progress Report

Global target: of people have access to safe water.
Current status: % has access to safe water.
Current rate of progress between -1 and : % of the world population gained access to safe drinking water.
Rate of progress required to reach target: % of population need to gain access to safe water per year.
On track to reach target:
With current rate of progress, target will be reached by year:

Status in different countries (or areas) on Indicator 6.3.1 Proportion of wastewater safely treated (%), from households (2015)

  • Australia and New Zealand
  • Eastern and South-Eastern Asia
  • Central and Southern Asia
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Europe and Northern America
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Oceania (excluding Australia and New Zealand)
  • Northern Africa and Western Asia

Status in different SDG regions on Indicator 6.3.1 Proportion of wastewater safely treated (%) (2015)

Regional data are estimates based on country data. Currently, not enough country data are available to produce a statistically sound regional estimate.

Status on different components of Indicator 6.3.1 Proportion of wastewater safely treated (%)

Currently, not enough country data are available to produce statistically sound regional or global estimates. Therefore, the below chart shows data for an individual unnamed country, to illustrate the potential for data disaggregation.

Source data Indicator 6.3.1 Proportion of wastewater safely treated (%)

Country (or area), regional and world data for the latest year of reporting: 2015

Country (or area), region, world 6.3.1 Proportion of wastewater safely treated (%), from households
YearTotalHouseholdServicesIndustrial
Albania201566.63
Algeria201517.75
Andorra2015100
Argentina201522.48
Australia201573.41
Austria201596.45
Belarus201585.66
Belgium201597.50
Bosnia and Herzegovina201522.71
Brazil201534.33
Bulgaria201573.38
Canada201579.46
Chile201572.48
China201545.10
China, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region201514.20
Colombia201522.88
Croatia201558.71
Cyprus201536.82
Czechia201593.75
Denmark201595.02
Ecuador201543.35
Egypt201557.61
Estonia201592.37
Finland201584.22
France201585.51
Germany201598.22
Greece201550.26
Greenland201594.34
Hungary201550.06
Iceland201569.80
Iraq201518.57
Ireland201570.15
Israel201590.52
Italy201588.41
Japan201597.90
Jordan201582.91
Kuwait2015100
Latvia201583.18
Lebanon201513.44
Libya201515.25
Liechtenstein201598.70
Lithuania201598.31
Luxembourg201597.37
Malaysia201571.53
Malta201599.96
Mexico201551.09
Monaco2015100
Morocco201542.96
Netherlands201599.72
New Zealand201573.08
Niger20153.48
Norway201579.07
Palau201519.50
Peru201539.23
Poland201575.21
Portugal201562.47
Puerto Rico201532.14
Qatar201576.90
Republic of Korea201598.49
Romania201556.71
San Marino201577.90
Saudi Arabia201570.78
Senegal201514.55
Serbia201525.17
Singapore2015100
Slovakia201583.45
Slovenia201563.46
Somalia20150.70
Spain201590.10
State of Palestine201568.65
Sweden201592
Switzerland201599.08
Tunisia201570.57
Turkey201535.03
Tuvalu20154.23
Uganda20153.76
United Arab Emirates201598.62
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland201594.44
United States of America201589.92
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