Water for the World Act

Why Water?

As Americans, we take for granted that every house has a faucet with safe water and a toilet that keeps our personal waste from human contact.

Yet an estimated 748 million people around the world rely on unsafe water sources, and 2.5 billion people live without proper sanitation.

This is a big deal for kids: diarrheal diseases and respiratory infections (pneumonia) are the two top child killers, and kids who lack access to drinkable water and proper sanitation are at much greater risk of dying.

Clean water and good sanitation do more than just save lives, they help children succeed. When children no longer struggle with stomach problems, they can go to school. When parents don’t have to care for sick children, they can work and earn an income. When schools have proper sanitation facilities, that helps keep kids in school -- especially girls.

The Water for the World Act

Americans like you help bring safe water and better hygiene to children every day by supporting UNICEF, but UNICEF also needs donor governments to help out.

That's the purpose of the bipartisan Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act (H.R. 2901). Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Ted Poe (R-TX) want to strengthen America’s ability to help improve access to clean water and sanitation for the most vulnerable people in the world.

They build 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, helping children around the world survive and thrive.

The Water for the World Act uses lessons we’ve learned to improve targeting, focus, sustainability and transparency. It also ensures that our government makes coordinated, evidence-based decisions quickly in order to get the most out of taxpayer dollar.

Best of all, the Water for the World Act does not propose new and costly water programs. It proposes to use current funds more effectively.

Take action now!

Please contact your legislators and ask them to cosponsor and support this important piece of legislation!