In 2020, it was estimated that around two billion people live without safely managed drinking water services. Some 40% of water bodies across the world don’t meet the standards of ‘good’ water quality, and water stress levels in some areas of the world are over 70%.
The articles on this page highlight how research contributions across multiple disciplines can help to generate change and increase progress. Work being done by researchers with a range of focus areas, can come together to highlight issues and solutions that help to improve the status of clean water and sanitation across the world.
At PLOS, we know that research into these areas is one of the key ways that progress in the clean water sphere can be made. Our commitment to advancing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals means that we focus on publishing work with real-world impact.