Definition of water poverty in English:

water poverty


  • 1[mass noun] The condition of not having access to sufficient water, or water of an adequate quality, to meet one's basic needs:

    ‘250 million more people in Africa will face water poverty by 2020’
    • ‘In regions of absolute water poverty, population may become the determining factor, but almost everywhere sound management of the local environment remains the key to freshwater sustainability.’
    • ‘Most aid packages have, in the past, paid too little attention to tackling water poverty.’
    • ‘"We must take the lead and make the hard choices to establish priorities," urged Abu-Zeid, "economic poverty and water poverty are synonymous."’
    1. 1.1British The condition of being unable to afford to pay one's water bills:
      ‘supporting those in water poverty via the public purse means increasing taxes for all’
      • ‘The planned rises also failed to tackle the increasing problems that many consumers faced when paying their bills, with many people in so-called "water poverty".’
      • ‘The twin curses of water poverty and energy poverty remain the real scandals.’
      • ‘Water charges will mean the introduction of water poverty.’