Wastewater Treatment Status by Countries and Economies

As a critical component of the water cycle, wastewater is produced every moment and needs collection and treatment before its safe and fit-for-purpose use and/or disposal. A key aspect of wastewater treatment status is closely related to the economic status of the countries. The aggregated numbers on wastewater treatment suggest that high-income countries on average treat 70% of the generated wastewater, followed by upper-middle-income countries (38%), lower-middle-income countries (28%), and low-income countries where only 8% of the wastewater generated is treated.

This map presents wastewater treatment across the world at the national level.

For more information on the map, please access the full publication here.

For more information on the country level wastewater generation and treatment, please access the data here.