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Section Banner: Public Witness Rally, Ft Lauderdale, FL GA 2008

Right to Water

Access to clean, safe drinking water is one of the most fundamental necessities of life. It is therefore a basic human right. Yet too often this basic right is impinged upon or even denied by those in power for their economic advantage. Quite often, those most severely affected are the poor and peoples of color.

The Human Right to Water is one of the major programs of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC).

Water Justice is also a a major program for the UU Legislative Ministry of California (UULM-CA).

Take Action

March 25th is UUSC's Justice Sunday 2012: Justice is the Human Right to Water. Visit the site to download resources for your congregation to reflect, understand and act on the human right to water.


In most parts of the U.S. a quality filter can be bought for around $40 and will give you water at least as good as the water you get in bottles. You will save money, reduce the use of plastic, and most importantly be resisting the privatization of water.

Participate in Inside the Bottle, which maps the location of bottling plants. When water bottling companies establish a plant in a community they take not only water from the regions aquifers or municipal water utilities, but often they receive massive subsidies and tax exemptions.


Urge your Representative to fully fund and implement the Water for the Poor Act. Insist that funding from the United States support water access for low-income communities.


Worship Materials

UUSC Resources for Reflection on the Right to Water
For Justice Sunday 2012: Justice is the Human Right to Water

UUA Water Ceremony/Communion Services
Many Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations have an annual tradition of celebrating a Water Ceremony/Communion.

Books & Films

When the Rivers Run Dry: Water—The Defining Crisis of the Twenty-First Century, by Fred Pearce

Blue Covenant: The Water Crisis and the Fight for the Right to Water, by Maude Barlow

Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It, by Elizabeth Royte

Thirst: Fighting the Corporate Theft of Our Water
Groundbreaking documentary by Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman

Flow: For Love of Water
Award-winning documentary by Irena Salina and Steven Starr, about the privatization of water infrastructure, putting profits over people and the environment.

For more information contact environment @

This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations. Please consider making a donation today.

Last updated on Monday, February 13, 2012.

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