Does the human right to water require that water be provided for free?

No, but water must be always be affordable. For those who cannot afford to pay without jeopardizing some other important right (like the rights to food, housing or health), water must be provided for free. For most people, however, water can be provided for a price or contribution in-kind.

DIGDEEP’s projects establish a bod of community leaders to oversee every water project we construct. Sometimes, these “water councils” charge a nominal amount for the water each family consumes. Water council funds can be used for loans, community development and well maintenance. Learn more about DIGDEEP access projects on our What We Do page >

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