The US Water Alliance has released the most comprehensive briefing paper to date on the connections between water management and vulnerable communities living in America. The report, co-funded by The Kresge Foundation, demonstrates how water challenges affect affordability, environmental and social justice, economic development, health, safety and more. These challenges are often felt more acutely by disadvantaged communities, whether by geographic, economic or racial status. The paper presents a framework that can move the nation forward, focused on three pillars of equitable water management:
- Ensure all people have access to clean, safe, affordable water service;
- Maximize the community and economic benefits of water infrastructure investment; and,
- Foster community resilience in the face of a changing climate.