Water

Clean water is the foundation for healthy & prosperous communities. While our nation has made significant progress since the 1970’s in cleaning up many of our rivers, bays and other vital water resources, we still face significant water quality and quantity challenges. Drinking water sources are threatened by pollution and overconsumption, and some of these threats are made worse by climate change.

Recent Actions

Urge the Virginia General Assembly to Take Action on PFAS in Drinking Water

Clean Water Action and our allies have led efforts during this year’s General Assembly session to address toxic per and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances by pressing for legislation to study the occurrence of these chemicals in Virginia’s public drinking water, and to address sources of human exposure.

Take Action - Turn Off the Tap of PFAS chemicals!

Now’s the time to raise your voice on key restrictions on toxic PFAS chemicals in Connecticut. There are two critical bills that will restrict PFAS chemicals this session!  

Take Action: NJ's Green Amendment

We are working with Delaware Riverkeeper Network to pass New Jersey's Green Amendment and we need your help!

Water Blog Posts

Ripples on the surface of the water. Credit: 2xWilfinger / Shutterstock
March 30, 2020

Like many nonprofits, many of our most important communications with our members are planned out many weeks in advance – a much longer timeframe than the rapid pace with which the COVID-19 pandemic is spreading.

This means, chances are, you have received one or more communications that were written “before.” Here’s what we would like you to know, now:

All of us here at Clean Water Action sincerely hope you and your family are healthy and remain so.

Dripping spiggot
March 27, 2020

With all that’s happening right now, it can be difficult to pay attention to  anything other than the news of the day. I’m focused on groundwater; how we use it – and use too much; how we protect it from pollution – or don’t; and how we can ensure that it’s available when we need it. And even on a day when we’re not focused on a pandemic, groundwater can be easy to forgot about -- it's our invisible resource.

crumpled plastic water bottle / photo: flickr.com/jesse (CC BY 2.0)
March 26, 2020

What's with all the bottled water?

As people stocked up on food and essential items for their time at home to help slow the spread of the COVID-19, I saw shopping carts full of bottled water.  Television shots and videos on social media of shoppers often showed the same thing. It seems that over the last two decades, our preparation for natural disasters started to include bottled water -- and a lot of it..  There is reason to prepare for disruption in water service in a hurricane. What about during a pandemic?