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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."’
- 1.1British 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.’
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