achieving access to water: two new ideas
In two discussion papers, the CWSC redefines "Access" to chart a path for lasting accomplishments, and gets to the root cause of water shutoffs: the law.
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Wednesday 7 April 2021
In Access Defined: Linking Source, Shelter, and Service, the CWSC defines access to water and sanitation, linking source water, household level infrastructure, and quality of service. In Ending water shutoffs: Deconstructing the law's punishment of poverty, the CWSC shows how water shutoff laws in the United States are denying access to water for low-income households.
Monday 22 March 2021
Today, only nine (9) states and the District of Columbia still have a statewide water shutoff moratorium in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Only nineteen (19) states ever adopted such a moratorium. Without a moratorium in place, low-income households have lost or are likely to lose their access to water in the coming months.
Wednesday 29 July 2020
CWSC releases update to Blue Paper on shortcomings of water shutoff moratoriums in the United States.
The CWSC has published an update to its May 14th policy paper on statewide water shutoff moratoriums. With only 15 states and the District of Columbia having issued moratoriums since the COVID-19 outbreak, two-thirds of those will have expired by the next two weeks.
Tuesday 28 July 2020
CWSC releases Statement on the 10th Anniversary of the U.N. General Assembly Declaration of a Human Right to Water and Sanitation.
The CWSC has published a Statement discussing the remaining work to be done to actualize the human rights to water and sanitation. While there have been successes, the world has fallen short of ensuring access to water and sanitation for all.
Thursday 14 May 2020
CWSC releases Blue Paper on the shortcomings of COVID-19 water shutoff moratoriums issued by 13 states and Washington DC
The CWSC has published a Blue Paper highlighting where statewide moratoriums fall short in ensuring access to water during the pandemic. The Paper also offers ways states can strengthen their moratoriums to increase access to water
Wednesday 20 March 2019
The CWSC has released the first county and municipal-level exploration of laws governing access to water and sanitation and affordability.
Thursday 6 December 2018
Executive Director tapped to join National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC)
ED Alexandra Campbell-Ferrari started her three year term as a Member of the NDWAC at the December 2018 public meetings.