Sure, but not nearly as much as there should be. You can find plenty of water facilities and infrastructure in large cities–go to a swanky hotel in Nairobi or Johannesburg and you probably won’t know you’re outside of the First World, but travel into the countryside and you’ll see a very different picture. Access to water infrastructure, especially clean drinking water, is a serious problem in Africa. In Sub-Saharan Africa, a staggering 44% of the population lives on less than the equivalent of $1 US per day. This is considered “absolute” poverty, meaning basic services such as health care, food and water infrastructure are largely lacking in these countries, as opposed to “relative” poverty, meaning the country often has those things but they are unequally distributed (such as rural poor in the United States). There are organizations such as Global Water that are attacking the problems of poverty in Africa and other places specifically by focusing on water issues and improving the water cycle in these countries.
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