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Water and Poverty

  • A Community Guide for Evaluating Future Urban Water Demand

    A Community Guide for Evaluating Urban Water Demand Forecasts provides communities, environmental groups, ratepayer advocates, and anyone interested in sustainable water supply planning with the knowledge and tools they need to understand water demand...»

  • Insights into Proposition 1: The 2014 California Water Bond

    With the state facing serious and deepening water challenges, voters on November 4th will be asked whether to approve Proposition 1, the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014. The ballot measure...»

  • Exploring the Business Case for Corporate Action on Sanitation

    The CEO Water Mandate released a study – with a supporting foreword by the UN Deputy Secretary-General – that makes the case that action on sanitation is a moral imperative for companies around the...»

  • Assessing Water Affordability

    A new pilot study in California shows many households, even within affluent communities, routinely spend over the affordability threshold of 2 percent of their household income on their water bill. The number of water...»

  • Sustainable Water Jobs

    The Pacific Institute released a comprehensive study, Sustainable Water Jobs: A National Assessment of Water-Related Green Job Opportunities. The report finds that proactive investments increasing efficient water use and re-use will both address growing...»

  • A Twenty-First Century U.S. Water Policy

    In the new book A Twenty-First Century U.S. Water Policy, published by Oxford University Press, Pacific Institute researchers present clear and readable analysis and recommendations for a new federal water policy to confront our...»

  • mWASH: Mobile Phone Applications for the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Sector

    Billions of the world’s poor still lack access to basic water and sanitation services, yet many of them can count mobile phones among their possessions. Water and sanitation practitioners have begun to tap the...»

  • Multiple-Use Water Services (MUS): Recommendations for a Robust and Sustainable Approach

    A new report from the Pacific Institute examines Multiple-Use Water Services (MUS), a water-provision and management approach that has emerged as a way to realize the poverty alleviation potential of water projects. By connecting...»

  • Strategies for Water Security in Developing Country Cities: Building Resilience in the Urban Water Sector

    Thousands of cities in the developing world face rising pressures on water provision due to population growth and urbanization, and climate change worsens these impacts. Coordinating the formal and informal water sectors, improving water...»

  • The World’s Water, Vol. 7

    The World’s Water, Vol. 7 was released as the Pacific Institute headed into its 25th Anniversary year. Institute President and series editor Peter Gleick, with coauthors Lucy Allen, Juliet Christian-Smith, Michael Cohen, Heather Cooley,...»

  • The Human Costs of Nitrate-contaminated Drinking Water in the San Joaquin Valley

    While most Californians take for granted that safe water is readily available at the turn of a tap, a growing number of communities, primarily in the San Joaquin Valley and other agricultural areas of...»

  • Pacific Institute Analyzes the 2010 California Water Bond

    At the end of 2009, a series of water-related bills was passed by the California Legislature, with the intent of moving the state out of decades of gridlock over water resource management. Simultaneously, the...»

  • Clearing the Waters: A Focus on Water Quality Solutions

    Every day, 2 million tons of sewage and industrial and agricultural waste are poured into the world’s waters. The result is that more people die from unsafe water annually than from all forms of...»

  • Climate Change and Transboundary Waters

    Global climate change will increase the risk of conflict over shared international freshwater resources. Treaties and other cross-border agreements can help reduce those risks, but existing agreements are inadequate for dealing with the impacts...»

  • A Review of Decision-Making Support Tools in the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Sector

    While more than a billion people lack safe water and 2.6 billion lack access to sanitation worldwide, numerous technologies and approaches already exist to provide access to clean water, safe sanitation, and hygiene education....»

  • Integrity of Science: Bottled Water and Energy Factsheet: Getting to 17 Million Barrels

    The Pacific Institute finds that it took approximately 17 million barrels of oil equivalent to produce plastic for bottled water consumed by Americans in 2006—enough energy to fuel more than 1 million American cars...»

  • The Human Right to Water

    More than a billion people lack access to safe drinking water. Two and a half billion people live without access to adequate sanitation systems necessary to reduce exposure to water-related diseases. The failure of...»

  • Bottled Water: An Update

    The 2004 volume of The World’s Water discussed the growing phenomenon of bottled use around the world, particularly in regions where high-quality tap water is available, as in most of North America and Western...»

  • Beyond Privitization: Restructuring Water Systems to Improve Performance

    Published: December 2005 Authors: Gary Wolff, Eric Hallstein Pages: 123 Institute Finds the Six Questions Worth Asking; Privatization Not the Efficiency Silver Bullet Water managers face significant challenges meeting the water supply, wastewater collection and...»

  • Freshwater and Foreign Policy: New Challenges

    By Peter Gleick Today, billions of people around the world lack water and sanitation services that many in ancient Greece and Rome took for granted — and the U.S. lacks any kind of coherent...»

  • After the Asian Tsunami Disaster, Water Crisis Will Remain

    By Peter H. Gleick This essay was originally printed in The San Francisco Chronicle on January 5, 2005. The tragedy that has unfolded over the past week in Asia reminds us of the power...»

  • Economies of Scale and Scope in River Basin Management

    Published: November 15, 2004 Author: Gary Wolff New approaches to water planning, like Integrated Water Resources Management, are growing in popularity, but have often gotten bogged down, or even been abandoned, because stakeholders don’t...»

  • The Myth and Reality of Bottled Water

    Published: November 12, 2004 Author: Peter Gleick Sales and consumption of bottled water have skyrocketed in recent years. From 1988 to 2002, the sales of bottled water globally have more than quadrupled to over...»

  • Public or Private Water Management?

    Published: January 10, 2004 Authors: Gary Wolff, Meena Palaniappan Public or Private Water Management? Cutting the Gordian Knot ‘‘Public versus private’’ is not the bright line that separates efficient from inefficient management. Like Alexander...»

  • Dirty Water: Estimated Deaths from Water Related Diseases 2000-2020

    Published: August 15, 2002 Author: Peter Gleick Pages: 12 76 Million Could Perish From Water-Related Disease by 2020 Death Toll From Global Water Crisis Could Exceed Deaths From AIDS  Over 76 million people will...»

  • Threats to the World’s Freshwater Resources

    Published: November 10, 2001 Authors: Peter Gleick, A. Singh, H. Shi Pages: 64 As we move into the 21st century, water managers and policymakers must face new threats to the world’s freshwater resources. These...»

  • Basic Water Requirements for Human Activities: Meeting Basic Needs

    Published: July 9, 1999 Author: Peter Gleick Pages: 10 The Human Right to Water More than one billion people in the developing world lack access to safe drinking water and 10,000 to 20,000 people die every...»

  • The Human Right to Water

    Published: April 1999 Author: Peter Gleick Pages: 15 Abstract More than a billion people in the developing world lack safe drinking water – an amenity those in the developed world take for granted. Nearly three...»