— To mark World Water Day on Friday, March 22, 2019, the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy has released a new publication, The Human Right to Water: Using Freedom of Information Laws to Understand Rising Water Rates. The report, co-authored by Professor Martha Davis and Henry Sturm '20, serves as a guide to local water policies and grew out of a Tier 1 investigation of water affordability in the Boston area. "Water prices are rising dramatically in many places in recent years, often linked to aging infrastructure and extreme weather events," said Davis. “Low income consumers are suffering, but it's not easy to find out what sort of affordability plans, if any, are offered by local municipalities. Using Freedom of Information laws, concerned individuals can start learning about their local water policies and push for more equitable approaches to price-setting.”

International World Water Day is an initiative of the the United Nations and is held annually on March 22 as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The theme for World Water Day 2019 is “Leaving no one behind,” which is the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: as sustainable development progresses, everyone must benefit. Learn more about World Water day at

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