Published in: 1996
Based on the analysis here, I recommend that international organizations, national and local governments, and water providers adopt a basic water requirement standard for human needs of 50 liters per person per day (l/p/d) and guarantee access to it independently of an individual’s economic, social, or political status. Unless this basic need is met, large-scale human misery and suffering will continue and grow in the future, contributing to the risk of social and military conflict. Ultimately, decisions about defining and applying a basic water requirement will depend on political and institutional factors, but the concept may prove useful in meeting basic water needs for the next century.
Article published in: Water International Vol. 21, No. 2, pp. 83-92
Gleick, P.H. (1996). Basic Water Requirements for Human Activities - Meeting Basic Needs. Water International
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