It’s easy to take water for granted when it pours from the tap. But across the globe, thousands of families struggle every day to find clean and safe drinking water. Their lives depend on it – in more ways than one. Because when people have a safe and reliable water source, they can prevent deadly disease, grow more food, raise stronger animals, avoid violent conflict, and spend more time pursuing an education and supporting themselves and their families.
In the days to come, Congress will take up important legislation that will help 800 million people around the world get access to clean and safe drinking water. The Water for the World Act will ensure our government can continue to lead the way in helping water get to the people who need it.
Tell your Member of Congress to fight for life-saving access to clean water and sanitation around the world.
Specifically, the Water for the World Act will improve the impact and efficiency of U.S. foreign assistance by leveraging non-federal partnerships and funds, increasing the effectiveness and transparency of existing funding, institutionalizing existing U.S. government leadership and directing limited funding to high-priority countries. The act also will help solidify U.S. leadership on water and sanitation, as shown by USAID in its new water and development strategy.
As you know, water has an impact on economic productivity, health, and national security. The U.S.'s 2012 National Intelligence Community Assessment on global water security warns that in the coming years water problems will contribute to instability in countries important to U.S. security interests. Investments in water diplomacy can help prevent water conflict and protect U.S. citizens by showing U.S. commitment to healthy and secure communities around the world. Poor water quality and inadequate sanitation affect billions of people a year and causes the death one child every twenty seconds. Clean water and adequate sanitation not only saves lives and reduces infant mortality, but can also help cash strapped families earn more by boosting economic productivity at the community and national levels. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that every US$1 invested in clean water, hygiene, and sanitation gives an economic return of between US$3 and US$34, depending on the region.
We anticipate the Water for the World Act to be introduced in the coming weeks and I respectfully request that you co-sponsor this important legislation.