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The right to water | American Friends Service Committee [Video]

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Access to safe, clean, affordable water is a human right. Water is crucial to healthy ecosystems. It is also critical for building resilience to climate change.

But in the U.S. and around the world, people are denied this most basic of rights. Low-income people, communities of color, and Indigenous people are disproportionately impacted.

Here are some ways that communities are working to reclaim the right to water, with support from AFSC

For years, AFSC’s Wabanaki Program has supported community members in their struggle for water rights. Photo: AFSC Wabanaki Program

MAINE

The people of the Passamaquoddy Tribe in Sipayik, Maine have not had safe drinking water in over 40 years. Community members live with brown liquid coming from their faucets. Some have gotten rashes from bathing and other unexplained health issues.

The tribe’s water comes from Boyden’s Lake. Because of sedimentation and fecal matter from birds, the local municipality treats the lake water with chlorine. …

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