Access to safe, affordable water is a cornerstone of a healthy community.
Every day, we use water for drinking, cooking, bathing, growing food, and so much more. It’s an essential part of life. But more than 2 million people in the United States still don’t have running water or a working toilet. Millions more are saddled with unaffordable or contaminated water.
While the majority of our water systems deliver safe drinking water, in every state, there are communities that lack access to clean water they can afford. More often than not, these are places where poor and Black and Brown people live. A long legacy of discriminatory policies and structural racism, including the historic lack of investment in communities of color, has created these inequities.
Yet this water crisis can be solved. By upgrading our aging infrastructure and making water more affordable, we can make sure everyone, everywhere can turn on the tap without a second thought.
Following the money: Tracking water infrastructure funding through Drinking Water State Revolving Funds
The Environmental Policy Innovation Center, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the Massive Data Institute at Georgetown University developed a dashboard to track states’ intended use of Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act funds distributed through Drinking Water State Revolving Funds.
Comments Submitted by RWJF on Drinking Water Regulations for Lead and Copper
RWJF leaders submitted comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s proposed National Primary Drinking Water Regulations for Lead and Copper: Improvements (LCRI), Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OW–2022–0801, published in the Federal Register on December 6, 2023.
Bringing Clean, Running Water to the Navajo Nation
Broken promises and structural racism have deprived New Mexico’s Navajo Nation of safe, running water for generations. A Navajo woman shares how she is actively changing this reality, one family at a time.