Official Concept and Definition

Proportion of population with sustainable access to safe drinking water


Number of household/population who have a reasonable means of getting an adequate amount of safe water, expressed as a percentage of the total population.
The definition considers the distance of water supply facility/service from the dwelling to connote accessibility. Level I - the farthest user is not more than 250 meters from the point source; Level II - the farthest house is not more than 25 meters from the communal faucet system; and, Level III - the house has service connection from the system. Safe Drinking Water - water that is free of microorganisms or disease-producing bacteria (pathogens). In addition, the water should not possess undesirable tastes, odors, color, levels of radioactivity, turbidity or chemicals and it should pass the standards of the Philippine National Standards for Drinking Water. Operationally, considered source of safe drinking water are: piped water, public tap, borehole or pump, protected well.

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PSA Board Resolution PSA Board Resolution No 01, Series of 2017 - 184
Statistical Domain Environment and multi-domain statistics
Statistical Activity Living conditions, poverty and cross-cutting social issues

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