Global Water Strategy


Reaching a #WaterSecureWorld for All

Watershed Moments in the Implementation of the U.S. Government Global Water Strategy

Water security is essential for preventing disease, growing economies, and promoting global stability. Yet, three in 10 people lack safe drinking water in their homes worldwide. Many nations suffer from water stress and are threatened by increasingly severe droughts and floods. As resources degrade and become more scarce, conflicts over shared water resources across borders and within nations have the potential to increase.

The U.S. Government believes in a water-secure world, where people and nations have the water they need to be healthy, prosperous, and resilient. That’s why more than 17 agencies and departments—led by the U.S. Department of State and USAID—contributed to the creation of the first U.S. Government Global Water Strategy. To achieve its vision, the U.S. Government works with partner countries and other stakeholders to advance four interrelated strategic objectives that include:

  • Promoting sustainable access to safe drinking water and sanitation; and adoption of key hygiene behaviors
  • Encouraging the sound management and protection of freshwater resources
  • Reducing conflict by promoting cooperation on shared waters
  • Strengthening water sector governance, financing, and institutions

In celebration of World Water Day 2019, we are sharing progress made by the interagency and partner countries in the first year of implementing the strategy (from its launch November 2017 through 2018). Scroll to learn more about success, innovations, and lessons learned in working toward a #WaterSecureWorld for all.

The U.S. Government Global Water Strategy


Year One Key Results

Drinking Water

3.6 million

Number of people gaining access to an improved drinking water service due to USG assistance in fiscal year 2017



3.2 million

Number of people gaining access to an improved sanitation service due to USG assistance in fiscal year 2017


Emergency Response


Number of countries that the CDC assisted with waterborne disease emergencies in 2017/2018.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Interagency Stories

Access to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation

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March 2019 U. S. Agency for International Development
Sanivation provided its container-based toilets to the Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya. Credit: Kate Bohnert/Sanivation
March 2019 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Water now comes directly to this boy’s home thanks to the Social Access Fund through MCC’s Cabo Verde Compact. Credit: MCC
March 2019 Millennium Challenge Corporation

Water Resources Management

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Panama City municipal workers install trash collection boom on an urban river in Panama City, Panama. Credit: Natasha Sadoff/Battelle
March 2019 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Middle East Regional Irrigation Management Information Systems Project project participants at the almond subsurface drip irrigation experiment at Iksal, Israel, led by Dr. Fathi Abdel-Hadi (second from left). Credit: Steven R. Evett/USDA ARS
March 2019 U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Geological Survey staff demonstrate the use of a Tromino, a passive seismic tool used for stratigraphy and bedrock mapping, to local water officials. Credit: USGS
March 2019 U.S. Department of the Interior U.S. Geological Survey

Cooperation on Shared Waters

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U.S. water expert Dr. Mel Laituri participates in a radio interview in Nairobi, Kenya. Credit: Chris Rich, USWP
March 2019 U.S. Department of State
An example of a water resource assessment image from Nepal. Credit: NASA
March 2019 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Gullies are caused by concentrated rainfall runoff discharged onto sensitive highly-erosive sandy soils. The primary imperative to control gully erosion is to avoid the concentration of runoff, chiefly through small-scale storage and by encouraging infiltration into the sandy soils. Credit: Michael J. Furniss/U.S. Forest Service Office of International Programs
March 2019 U.S. Department of Agriculture

Governance and Financing

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Mapping Progress

See where the United States is mobilizing its diplomatic, development, and scientific leadership to build a more #WaterSecureWorld

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