Posted by: wfpdc | July 14, 2011

Advocacy Alert: The Water for the Poor Act Needs Your Support!

Congress is currently debating funding levels for the FY2012 budget, which includes the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act (P.L 109-121). Federal water and sanitation programs through the Water for the Poor Act have helped the lives of millions of people around the world. In fiscal year 2009 alone, the U.S. improved water supply to more than 6.4 million people (including approximately 4.5 million with first-time access). These efforts not only improve health, but also lay the groundwork for gains in economic development, public health, child survival, basic education, gender equity, and food security.

Although the U.S. has made progress on this issue, significant challenges remain. Nearly one billion people continue to lack access to safe drinking water, and two of every five people live without even basic sanitation. These deficits account for nearly one-tenth of the global burden of disease. Water scarcity’s impact on global instability can be seen in many parts of the world, from the Middle East to India to Africa. Going forward, rapid population growth, pollution, urbanization, and climate change will add to already mounting pressure on clean water supplies.

Your action is important if Congress is to continue funding the Water for the Poor Act at its current level of $315 million. Using this draft letter, please share your personal story with your Representative’s office by mail or fax. This is especially important if your Congressional Representative is in a key position to affect funding on safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene. Those members are listed here.

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