• U.S. Water Partnership

    Working together for a water secure world

  • Since 2012

    ~ $1 Billion

    Financial and In-Kind Resources Mobilized


    Government, Civil Society, and Private Sector Members


    Connecting the best of American expertise to solve global water challenges.

    Why Water?

    Water underpins thriving economies, resilient communities, healthy ecosystems, and national security. Despite this importance, water-based threats are pervasive around the world. Half of the world’s population will face water shortages by 2035, according to the UN, including roughly one billion people who will face absolute water scarcity, threatening economic development and human health. Rising demands from population growth, greater consumption, and agricultural production will outstrip water supplies, which will become less reliable in some regions from groundwater depletion and changing precipitation patterns. Climate change will only exacerbate these challenges.


    Simply put: water, in shortage or in excess, will be the greatest challenge the world faces over the next century.

    Elevating Water to National Importance

    The urgency to facilitate cooperation around freshwater resources and infrastructure will continue to increase as competition for water grows and climate change intensifies challenges around future water availability. Sustainable solutions will analyze and account for the water-energy-food nexus and will require engagement from all stakeholders.


    However, numerous challenges, including a lack of trust, often limit productive dialogue on water governance. To enhance the circumstances necessary for strengthening water security in water-stressed regions of the world - unprecedented public and private sector collaboration and leadership to harness the potential of American resources and ingenuity is needed.

    U.S. Water Partnership

    Our Mission

    U.S. Water Partnership (USWP) works to unite and mobilize the best of U.S. expertise, resources and ingenuity to address global water challenges, with a special focus on developing countries where needs are greatest. Due to the breadth of its membership and large-scale participation from the U.S. government, the USWP constitutes an unmatched catalytic platform that facilitates public-private sector collaboration. USWP has developed a model that harnesses the technical skills and capabilities of our partners to advance understanding of critical water issues and scale evidence-based solutions to solve these challenges around the world.


    Our Goals

    • Improving the quantity, quality and accessibility of water, sanitation and hygiene - to promote better health
    • Advancing integrated water resources management - to conserve and restore watersheds, to curb pollution, to adapt to climate change and to reduce risk from floods and droughts
    • Increasing efficiency and productivity of water use - to boost agricultural, energy and industrial output and conserve water
    • Improving governance for economic, environmental and social sustainability through stronger public and private institutions, policies and processes - to strengthen institutional structures and systems and create resilient communities, nations and regions

    What We Do

    USWP has developed a model that harnesses the technical skills and capabilities of our partners to advance understanding of critical water issues and scale evidence-based solutions to solve these challenges around the world.


    The USWP platform offers:

    • Co-creation opportunities to facilitate a better understanding of challenges at the field level and aiding in the design/implementation of integrated, evidence based solutions
    • Intermediary support to identify co-investment opportunities between private and public programs
    • Coordinator/developer support to improve the enabling environment for project development by facilitating access to resources and execution tools
    • Communications channels for issue promotion, education and outreach
    • Information exchanges to drive thought leadership and capacity building
  • USWP in Action

    A catalytic platform to address water challenges

    Engaging the Leadership

    The robust partner network created by USWP coalesces critical data, technologies, pathways, and expertise into accessible resources for evidence-based decision making in pursuit of a water secure world. These tools provide leaders from U.S. government and non-government sectors with the means needed to elevate water as a priority and deploy integrated ‘whole of system’ and ‘whole of U.S.’ approaches to solving water challenges.

    By convening leaders from diverse sectors and engaging them to combine their unique organizational capacities toward shared priority goals, USWP has created a partner coalition moving decisively forward in advancing the priority of water.

    Catalyzing the Solutions

    A cross-sector approach is required to address the complex and interconnected nature of global water challenges. By combining unique partner inputs, priorities, and strengths, USWP provides the catalyst needed to spark innovative answers to water finance, service delivery, security, and policy issues.

    The USWP platform continues to play a critical vanguard role in generating evidence-based solution frameworks for water challenges that move our world closer to water security.

    Women Changing the Course Toward Water-Sustainable Fashion

    The $1.5 trillion global fashion market is one of the thirstiest and most water polluting in the world.  Women are the backbone of this industry and are inordinately harmed by its water footprint. Women can and are using their power and voice to advance the needed sustainable transformation of the industry to ensure the industry’s resilience and contribute significantly to global water security.   


    As an action platform dedicated to water security, US Water Partnership teamed up with the US Department of State, US Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City, WWF, and Global Water Challenge to catalyze progress on water sustainability in the apparel, textile, and fashion sector by gathering women changemakers representing various parts of the value chain and sustainability stakeholders through four interactive panels and a brainstorming roundtable to identify tools, actions, and best practices that could change the course toward water-sustainable fashion.


    This new network, Women for Water Sustainable Fashion (WFWSF), agreed that transparency, information sharing, policy incentives, public-private partnerships, citizen action campaigns, investor pressure and pre-competitive industry coalitions can and are changing the trajectory, but more needs to be done reduce fashion’s water footprint. WFWSF continues to share resources to maintain momentum.



    H2infO provides a single entry point for access to quality U.S.-based, water-related resources that contribute to solutions for global water challenges. This web portal shares a broad range of resources developed by U.S. Water Partnership members that can be used by stakeholders around the world. H2infO serves as a virtual water resource librarian, directing users to the resources they need.

    H2infO provides users with:

    • Easy-to-find resources
    • Support on how to use resources
    • Accessibility where internet bandwidth is limited
    • Decision support tools

    Begin exploring H2infO here.

    US-ASEAN Water Smart Engagements: Pairing U.S. and ASCN Cities on Water Priorities

    From 2020-2024, USWP is leading The Water Smart Engagements Program (WiSE) to increase water security in ASEAN Smart City Network (ASCN) partner cities through sustainable water management solutions. ASEAN cities’ water supplies have been affected by the rapid increase of water use for urban, industrial, and agricultural activities, which has resulted in depletion of groundwater and severe pollution of both groundwater and surface water. Storms, droughts and floods have exacerbated these problems. Improved management of surface and groundwater resources and the sanitation of domestic and industrial wastewater are critically needed. WiSE is establishing and strengthening five partnerships between ASCN water utilities and select, dynamic U.S. utilities to foster long-term relationships that strengthen communication and confidence and build collective capacity and familiarity with innovative, smart technologies for drinking water and wastewater treatment, and other water-related needs such as stormwater management. These exchanges will increase the exchange of services, goods, science and technology resulting in more innovative, efficient, and effective approaches to 21st century water challenges.

    Water Experts Program

    The Water Experts Program (WEP) began as a five-year cooperative program between USWP and the U.S. Department of State in which we identified and deployed 26 American experts to work in some 20 countries in Africa, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, South Asia and Southeast Asia to improve water security by providing expert advice to host-country practitioners through meetings, workshops, briefings, and assessments.


    Our Water Experts continue to address a wide range of issues including: climate resilience and adaptability; integrated water resources management; supply and demand modeling; transboundary water cooperation; conjunctive management of surface and groundwater; water reuse in municipal, agricultural and industrial settings; irrigation and agricultural water management; community and city scale water treatment and sanitation systems; water quality and testing; water efficiency; remote sensing and hydrological modeling; design and construction of grey and green water infrastructure; water finance and governance; stormwater management; and the water-energy-food nexus.


    USWP members are also available to participate in reverse trade missions , meet with foreign water leaders through the International Visitor Programs and to host and engage LIFT SEE IT awardees.


    Click here to contact USWP with a WEP request.

  • Government

  • Private Sector

  • Civil Society


    The Honorable Madeleine K. Albright

    Honorary Co-Chair

    In Memory of

    The Honorable General Colin Powell

    Past Honorary Co-Chair

    Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky

    Vice Chair

    Ambassador Rich Armitage

    Ambassador Harriet Babbitt

    Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield

    Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley

    Sherri Goodman

    Henry "Hank" Habicht

    The Honorable Katherine Hammack

    General Jim Jones

    The Honorable Maria Otero

    G. Ruffner Page, Jr.

    The Honorable William K. Reilly

    General Gordon R. Sullivan, USA Ret.

  • Resources

  • Webinars & Videos

    View our YouTube channel to learn more about the Partnership's activity in the water sector.

  • Partnering in Research

    Sustainable Solutions to America's Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

    Urgent Funding and Policy Considerations

    Our Nation depends on resilient and sustainable water, wastewater, stormwater, and water recycling infrastructure. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly aggravated the situation.

    Water Finance

    The Imperative for Water Security and Economic Growth

    Water security challenges do not only exist outside U.S. borders. We require a strategy that makes water infrastructure a higher priority for both domestic and international investment, and in a system where lessons learned can be effectively shared across borders.

  • H2infO​

    A single entry point for access to quality U.S.-based water-related resources that contribute to solutions for global water challenges.

  • Programs Update

    Innovative Platform to Close Funding Gap in U.S. Communities, Improve Access to Safe, Sustainable...
    The US Department of State, Earth Day Network, the Wilson Center and other organizations are...
    USWP signed onto the US Water Alliance's report outlining a set of guiding principles for how the...
    More Posts
  • Calendar of Events

  • Join the Partnership

    We welcome inquiries from all academic, public, private, and bi-lateral sector organizations on joining our partnership.

    Please email Chris Rich at chris.rich@uswaterpartnership.org to learn more


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Privacy Policy
Effective date: June 19, 2018
U.S. Water Partnership ("us", "we", or "our") operates the http://www.uswaterpartnership.org website (the "Service").
This page informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of personal data when you use our Service and the choices you have associated with that data.
We use your data to provide and improve the Service. By using the Service, you agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this policy. Unless otherwise defined in this Privacy Policy, terms used in this Privacy Policy have the same meanings as in our Terms and Conditions, accessible from http://www.uswaterpartnership.org
Service is the http://www.uswaterpartnership.org website operated by The U.S. Water Partnership
Personal Data
Personal Data means data about a living individual who can be identified from those data (or from those and other information either in our possession or likely to come into our possession).
Usage Data
Usage Data is data collected automatically either generated by the use of the Service or from the Service infrastructure itself (for example, the duration of a page visit).
Cookies are small pieces of data stored on your device (computer or mobile device).
Data Controller
Data Controller means the natural or legal person who (either alone or jointly or in common with other persons) determines the purposes for which and the manner in which any personal information are, or are to be, processed.
For the purpose of this Privacy Policy, we are a Data Controller of your Personal Data.
Data Processors (or Service Providers)
Data Processor (or Service Provider) means any natural or legal person who processes the data on behalf of the Data Controller.
We may use the services of various Service Providers in order to process your data more effectively.
Data Subject (or User)
Data Subject is any living individual who is using our Service and is the subject of Personal Data.
Information Collection and Use
We collect several different types of information for various purposes to provide and improve our Service to you.
Types of Data Collected
Personal Data
While using our Service, we may ask you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you ("Personal Data"). Personally identifiable information may include, but is not limited to:
•	Email address
•	First name and last name
•	Address, State, Province, ZIP/Postal code, City
•	Cookies and Usage Data
We may use your Personal Data to contact you with newsletters, marketing or promotional materials and other information that may be of interest to you. You may opt out of receiving any, or all, of these communications from us by following the unsubscribe link or instructions provided in any email we send.
Usage Data
We may also collect information how the Service is accessed and used ("Usage Data"). This Usage Data may include information such as your computer's Internet Protocol address (e.g. IP address), browser type, browser version, the pages of our Service that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data.
Tracking Cookies Data
We use cookies and similar tracking technologies to track the activity on our Service and hold certain information.
Cookies are files with small amount of data which may include an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies are sent to your browser from a website and stored on your device. Tracking technologies also used are beacons, tags, and scripts to collect and track information and to improve and analyze our Service.
You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our Service.
Examples of Cookies we use:
•	Session Cookies. We use Session Cookies to operate our Service.
•	Preference Cookies. We use Preference Cookies to remember your preferences and various settings.
•	Security Cookies. We use Security Cookies for security purposes.
Use of Data
The U.S. Water Partnership uses the collected data for various purposes:
•	To provide and maintain our Service
•	To notify you about changes to our Service
•	To allow you to participate in interactive features of our Service when you choose to do so
•	To provide customer support
•	To gather analysis or valuable information so that we can improve our Service
•	To monitor the usage of our Service
•	To detect, prevent and address technical issues
•	To provide you with news, special offers and general information about other goods, services and events which we offer that are similar to those that you have already purchased or enquired about unless you have opted not to receive such information
Legal Basis for Processing Personal Data Under General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
If you are from the European Economic Area (EEA), The U.S. Water Partnership legal basis for collecting and using the personal information described in this Privacy Policy depends on the Personal Data we collect and the specific context in which we collect it.
The U.S. Water Partnership may process your Personal Data because:
•	We need to perform a contract with you
•	You have given us permission to do so
•	The processing is in our legitimate interests and it's not overridden by your rights
•	For payment processing purposes
•	To comply with the law
Retention of Data
The U.S. Water Partnership will retain your Personal Data only for as long as is necessary for the purposes set out in this Privacy Policy. We will retain and use your Personal Data to the extent necessary to comply with our legal obligations (for example, if we are required to retain your data to comply with applicable laws), resolve disputes, and enforce our legal agreements and policies.
The U.S. Water Partnership will also retain Usage Data for internal analysis purposes. Usage Data is generally retained for a shorter period of time, except when this data is used to strengthen the security or to improve the functionality of our Service, or we are legally obligated to retain this data for longer time periods.
Transfer of Data
Your information, including Personal Data, may be transferred to — and maintained on — computers located outside of your state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where the data protection laws may differ than those from your jurisdiction.
If you are located outside United States and choose to provide information to us, please note that we transfer the data, including Personal Data, to United States and process it there.
Your consent to this Privacy Policy followed by your submission of such information represents your agreement to that transfer.
The U.S. Water Partnership will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy and no transfer of your Personal Data will take place to an organization or a country unless there are adequate controls in place including the security of your data and other personal information.
Disclosure of Data
Business Transaction
If The U.S. Water Partnership is involved in a merger, acquisition or asset sale, your Personal Data may be transferred. We will provide notice before your Personal Data is transferred and becomes subject to a different Privacy Policy.
Disclosure for Law Enforcement
Under certain circumstances, The U.S. Water Partnership may be required to disclose your Personal Data if required to do so by law or in response to valid requests by public authorities (e.g. a court or a government agency).
Legal Requirements
The U.S. Water Partnership may disclose your Personal Data in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to:
•	To comply with a legal obligation
•	To protect and defend the rights or property of The U.S. Water Partnership
•	To prevent or investigate possible wrongdoing in connection with the Service
•	To protect the personal safety of users of the Service or the public
•	To protect against legal liability
Security of Data
The security of your data is important to us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Data, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
"Do Not Track" Signals Under California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA)
We do not support Do Not Track ("DNT"). Do Not Track is a preference you can set in your web browser to inform websites that you do not want to be tracked.
You can enable or disable Do Not Track by visiting the Preferences or Settings page of your web browser.
Your Data Protection Rights Under General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
If you are a resident of the European Economic Area (EEA), you have certain data protection rights. The U.S. Water Partnership aims to take reasonable steps to allow you to correct, amend, delete, or limit the use of your Personal Data.
If you wish to be informed what Personal Data we hold about you and if you want it to be removed from our systems, please contact us.
In certain circumstances, you have the following data protection rights:
The right to access, update or to delete the information we have on you. Whenever made possible, you can access, update or request deletion of your Personal Data directly within your account settings section. If you are unable to perform these actions yourself, please contact us to assist you.
The right of rectification. You have the right to have your information rectified if that information is inaccurate or incomplete.
The right to object. You have the right to object to our processing of your Personal Data.
The right of restriction. You have the right to request that we restrict the processing of your personal information.
The right to data portability. You have the right to be provided with a copy of the information we have on you in a structured, machine-readable and commonly used format.
The right to withdraw consent. You also have the right to withdraw your consent at any time where The U.S. Water Partnership relied on your consent to process your personal information.
Please note that we may ask you to verify your identity before responding to such requests.
You have the right to complain to a Data Protection Authority about our collection and use of your Personal Data. For more information, please contact your local data protection authority in the European Economic Area (EEA).
Service Providers
We may employ third party companies and individuals to facilitate our Service ("Service Providers"), to provide the Service on our behalf, to perform Service-related services or to assist us in analyzing how our Service is used.
These third parties have access to your Personal Data only to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose or use it for any other purpose.
We may provide paid products and/or services within the Service. In that case, we use third-party services for payment processing (e.g. payment processors).
We will not store or collect your payment card details. That information is provided directly to our third-party payment processors whose use of your personal information is governed by their Privacy Policy. These payment processors adhere to the standards set by PCI-DSS as managed by the PCI Security Standards Council, which is a joint effort of brands like Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover. PCI-DSS requirements help ensure the secure handling of payment information.
The payment processors we work with are:
PayPal or Braintree
Their Privacy Policy can be viewed at https://www.paypal.com/webapps/mpp/ua/privacy-full
Links to Other Sites
Our Service may contain links to other sites that are not operated by us. If you click on a third party link, you will be directed to that third party's site. We strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy of every site you visit.
We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third party sites or services.
Children's Privacy
Our Service does not address anyone under the age of 18 ("Children").
We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 18. If you are a parent or guardian and you are aware that your child has provided us with Personal Data, please contact us. If we become aware that we have collected Personal Data from children without verification of parental consent, we take steps to remove that information from our servers.
Changes to This Privacy Policy
We may update our Privacy Policy from time to time. We will notify you of any changes by posting the new Privacy Policy on this page.
We will let you know via email and/or a prominent notice on our Service, prior to the change becoming effective and update the "effective date" at the top of this Privacy Policy.
You are advised to review this Privacy Policy periodically for any changes. Changes to this Privacy Policy are effective when they are posted on this page.
Contact Us
If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us:
•	By email: info@uswaterpartnership.org