Nearly 900 million people around the world - half of them children - rely on unsafe water sources and 2.5 billion people live without proper sanitation. Lack of access to clean water is a major health issue: diarrheal disease related to poor water and sanitation is one of the top causes of child deaths in the world.
Clean water and good sanitation does more than just save lives, it can turn lives around. When children no longer struggle with stomach problems, they can go to school and get an education. Girls can attend school instead of spending hours every day fetching water.
Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Bob Corker (R-TN) introduced the bipartisan Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act (S. 641). This bill would strengthen America's ability to build partnerships to provide clean water and sanitation to 100 million of the poorest people in the world. This legislation builds on the landmark Water for the Poor Act of 2005, which at long last made safe drinking water and sanitation a priority of U.S. foreign development assistance.
It's important to note that S. 641 does not propose new and costly water programs. In fact, the U.S. Government already provides significant funding to improve access to clean water and sanitation in poor countries. This bill does establish a specific goal: reach 100 million people with first-time access to clean drinking water and sanitation. It calls for global cooperation on research and technology development and provides seed money to spur the deployment of clean water and sanitation technologies.
We take clean water for granted but nearly 900 million people around the world can’t. Contact your Senators today in support of the Water for the World Act.