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:
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.
Number of people gaining access to an improved drinking water service due to USG assistance in fiscal year 2017USAID
Number of people gaining access to an improved sanitation service due to USG assistance in fiscal year 2017USAID
Number of countries that the CDC assisted with waterborne disease emergencies in 2017/2018.U.S. Centers For Disease Control And Prevention