Clean, safe, and affordable drinking water is critical to our health and the health of our communities. We believe that everyone should have access to safe drinking water; this toolkit helps advocates understand the systems that must work to produce and provide it.
When it’s clean, clear, and blue, we are drawn to it and love to swim and play in it. But what you can’t see can hurt you and so we must have well-run and transparent utilities that we can trust to treat and care for the water we drink and bathe in.
When pipes that deliver water to and from homes and buildings age and leak, and water systems are unable to improve their infrastructure, technology, or both, catalytic change, led by community stakeholders, advocates, and leaders, is needed to impact funding for sustainable water systems.
When some families pay as much as 40% of their household income on drinking water services – 10 times the rate suggested by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – we see inequity and how water affordability burdens low- and fixed-income households.
Given its universal need, water demands that we all understand and influence what happens to it as it flows through our communities’ water supplies and stormwater and wastewater infrastructure systems and back into our rivers. YOU can learn how to influence equitable water infrastructure investment.