100m people have no access to a water source within 1 mile of their household.

Should this sentence be reformulated? It implies 100m people share a household. Should it be households?


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I don't think it would be wrong, either way. In this case the household is the abstract object, not a specific instance. In the abstract sense, they all do share the household. In the concrete sense, it would just be "houses".


You should wonder, why the water source is singular, as well. Change the meaning to say that they do have a water source or water sources in 1 mile distance to their households and it's ambiguous either way - Do they have all the same source or multiple sources each? The abstract sense can be understood to mean at least one.

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