Skip to main content

Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

Goal 1: No Poverty Goal 2: Zero Hunger Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being Goal 4: Quality Education Goal 5: Gender Equality Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy Goal 8: Decent Jobs and Economic Growth Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production Goal 13: Climate Action Goal 14: Life Below Water Goal 15: Life on Land Goal 16: Peace and Justice - Strong Institutions Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all



6.1    By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all

6.2    By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations

6.3    By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally

6.4    By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity

6.5    By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate

6.6    By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes

6.a    By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies

6.b    Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management


XLS National set of indicators for monitoring progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goal 6

National set of indicators for monitoring progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goal 6
Indicator ID Indicator name Source Unit of measure 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
6.1.E.65 Population connected to public water supply Eurostat (based on NSI data) Percentage % 99.33e 99.33e 99.42e 99.51e 99.41e 99.44e .  
6.2.U.66 Proportion of population using safely managed sanitation services UN Global database Relative share of the population 65.9598е 67.2013е 68.4654е 69.4519е 70.4442е 71.4425е 72.4467е 73.4566е
6.2.E.67 Population having neither a bath, nor a shower, nor indoor flushing toilet Eurostat Percentage % 11.1 10.7# 9.8 8.9 7.5 7.0    
6.3.E.68 Relative share of discharged wastewater with at least secondary treatment to the total amount of discharged wastewater Eurostat (based on NSI data) Percentage % 60.63 61.84 63.19 63.72 64.51 65.05 .  
6.3.E.69 Biochemical oxygen demand in rivers  Eurostat Milligrams per litre 2.72 2.36 2.95 2.33 2.53 3.01    
6.3.E.70 Nitrate in groundwater Eurostat Milligrams per litre 31.26 32.76 29.68 29.79 29.54 30.51    
6.3.E.71 Phosphate in rivers Eurostat Milligrams per litre 0.094 0.098 0.131 0.104 0.145 0.188    
6.4.U.72 Level of water stress: freshwater withdrawal as a proportion of available freshwater resources UN Global database Percentage % 41.61 42.05 41.82 40.10 40.08 37.52 - -
6.5.U.73 Degree of integrated water resources management implementation  UN Global database Percentage %     60.22     69.00    
6.5.U.74 Proportion of transboundary basins (river and lake basins and aquifers) with an operational arrangement for water cooperation  UN Global database Percentage % - - 99.6 - - 99.6 -  
6.6.U.75 Change in the extent of water-related ecosystems over time, series: 'Lakes and rivers permanent water area (square kilometres)' UN Global database square kilometres 417.5856e 415.1052e 419.4932e 424.8854e 426.0222e 422.4168e 420.0476e  

"е" estimate
"#" break in time series
"." not available or missing data


Country:  Bulgaria

Source:  United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs