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September 26th, 2012

California Affirms Human Right to Water

Statement by Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch

Washington, D.C.—“Yesterday, California governor Jerry Brown signed A.B. 685, which gives the basic human right to water and sanitation to all Californians. We are proud that the governor has signed this legislation, following the lead of the United Nations, states like Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, and communities like Detroit, which have already affirmed the human right to water. AB 685, however, was truly the first citizen-led effort in a U.S. state to recognize this basic right.

“Such commonsense legislation to ensure that all people – regardless of where they live or how much money they have – have access to clean and affordable water is critical in a civil society. There should be no compromising our access to clean and reliable supplies of this life-giving resource for profit. Hopefully more states will affirm this basic human right to water and sanitation.”

Contact: Darcey Rakestraw, 202-683-2467; drakestraw(at)fwwatch(dot)org


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