U.S. Implementation of the Water for the Poor Act: Small Steps for a Crisis That Calls for Great Strides

The Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act (WPA), passed in 2005, sought to position the United States as a world leader in international water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) assistance. It codified for the first time in U.S. law one of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), specifically mandating that the U.S. do its part to reduce by half the proportion of the population living without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.