Washing Hands

Monitoring the implementation of LIHWAP

Will the emergency Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program reach the households who have lost access to water or who are facing water shutoffs?

The Center for Water Security and Cooperation is the only nonprofit based in the United States solely dedicated to the advancement of water security and innovation in water and sanitation law.

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Advancing

water security

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Water fuels our economy, guarantees our national security, and keeps us alive. It is time we have a long-term plan for achieving water security in the United States and internationally.

better water law, greater security

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Water law is a long-term strategy that drives the advancement of water security. Without innovation, without a scientific and data-like approach to law, our laws will not be responsive to real-time needs and demands.

actualizing the right to water

Human Right to Water (CWSC)

Without water, there is no life. Every person deserves a chance to pursue their dreams and provide for their family. Making sure each and every person has water is not a choice, it is a responsibility.

building cooperation

Water Coopertion (CWSC)

Partnerships drive innovation and promote cooperation and swift resolution of conflicts. We study transboundary relationships and build partnerships to faciliate dialogue, transparency and the development of practical solutions to complex challenges.

making law accessible

Accessibility of Law (CWSC)

We want citizens to be informed and engaged on water issues. But that means information must be openly available and presented in a clear, straightforward way.

our initiatives

In partnership with in-country universities, nonprofits, and law firms, we are creating the first pan-African water law platform. Creating RENEWAL will allow citizens and stakeholders to determine whether and how effectively their laws and policies are advancing water security and will enable collaboration and innovation in law.

What does it take to achieve water security? Through our Water Security Challenge we are developing a practical, results-oriented strategy that can help guide countries create an enabling environment for water security. This strategy will identify what is necessary to achieve water security and measures for determining success.

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In partnership with the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) and the World Health Organization (WHO) we are supporting the drafting of the Africa Sanitation Policy Guidelines that will drive advancement of SDG 6, the N'gor Commitments, and national goals for improving the quality of and access to sanitation. 

In partnership with in-country universities, nonprofits, and law firms, we are creating the first pan-African water law platform. Creating RENEWAL will allow citizens and stakeholders to determine whether and how effectively their laws and policies are advancing water security and will enable collaboration and innovation in law.

blue phone

The BLUE Phone serves as a water and sanitation legal unit, responding to informational and educational requests about water and sanitation laws from governments, NGOs, academics institutions, and the public.

MPACT

The Mississippi River is a powerful economic engine, generating $405 billion in revenue and supporting 1.3 million jobs. MPACT - the Mississippi River Platform for Action and Collaboration - will support the creation of a shared water security vision for the Basin.

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Top News and Publications

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#CWSCdiscussionstarter

Wednesday 7 April 2021

CWSC publishes two discussion papers defining steps to achieve equitable access to water and sanitation.

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.

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#CWSCwatershutofftracker

Monday 22 March 2021

CWSC publishes an update to its COVID-19 statewide water shutoff moratorium tracker. 

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.

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#CWSCbluepaperupdate

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.

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#CWSCstatement

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. 

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#CWSCbluepaper

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 

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#CWSCReport

Wednesday 20 March 2019

CWSC publishes report on the Accessibility Trap

The CWSC has released the first county and municipal-level exploration of laws governing access to water and sanitation and affordability.

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#CWSCAnnouncement

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.

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