32. Unimproved Sources of Drinking Water and Sanitation in the Global South

Now it’s Your Turn

In the comments, please ask questions or make suggestions that will help the cartographer improve the map. Key things to think about include:

  • Does the map orient the viewer?
  • Does the data tell a story?
  • Does the map support the story being told?
  • Does the map make assumptions?
  • How could the map be more readable?
  • Are there any errors or typos?
  • John_H_Kelly

    Clear, simple text and map — I like it. Kudos for showing the Global South oriented to the top, but without “calling attention” to this in the text or title — just casually treating it as an alternative normal. My only suggestion: I’m left wondering why “bottled water” is a category of “unimproved drinking water.” I’m sure there’s a good reason for its inclusion, but it might be helpful to be more specific (maybe “bottled water from unprotected source”?).

  • I do like the southern hemisphere being on top, but I’m not sure about the rotation. It makes the map confusing for me to visualize.

  • Monika Roy

    Important topic! Some comments/questions:
    -The flipped earth projections distract me from where you want my attention to go: where improved water/sanitation is needed instead of trying to figure out which countries are which. I would rotate them back to “normal” view. It is also confusing when you reference “Global South” when you place them North on your map.
    -I would edit the unimproved drinking water section to read “An unimproved drinking water source is one that is not adequately protected from contamination risks, particularly fecal matter”. I would remove bottled water, or clarify why it is an unimproved drinking water source.
    -This map might benefit from making a clearer link (text or visual) as to how water and sanitation are linked, and why this is so important (perhaps by listing how many people are sickened each year through contaminated water sources).

  • add the equator.drop hotspots. use 2 diff colors

  • Alka Ramnath

    A very relevant map preparing for SGD Goal 6.
    Switching the orientation of the maps is a nice idea. However, this contradicts the bold, clear title. Perhaps, either the orientation or the wording in the title referring to “Global South” should be changed to avoid the contradiction? If the map shows north at the top, one will be able to “zoom in” on the “Global South” countries so that the percentage of access to unimproved sources can be seen clearer, especially for the smaller countries e.g. West Indies.
    The definitions of “unimproved drinking water” and “unimproved sanitation” are confusing. They also differ from the definitions used in the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation reports, which is listed as one of the data sources. It is suggested that the definitions as listed in the WHO/UNICEF 2015 datasets are used to remove the ambiguity.
    It is suggested that two different colour schemes are used to show the access to water and sanitation so that it is easier for the reader to distinguish which service type he/she is looking at.
    How are the hot spots identified/defined? The reader assumes that the hot spots will be those countries with the darkest colours but on the maps, countries with lighter shades are also identified as hot spots. This could be occurring because the same colour scheme has been used for both sanitation and water but sanitation has a higher percentage? If the hot spots are those countries with the highest percentage, do these countries need to be highlighted with the blue line when the darkest shade already identifies them?

  • Danilo Pereira Sato

    A really nice map. To invert the orientation is very interesting. I would only suggest to change the hot spots color.