It is generally considered by international observers that there is a World Water Crisis characterized by shortages of potable water in urban areas and shortages of irrigation water in the developing world.

The crisis is associated with both population increases and associated urbanization and economic and agricultural development.

The United Nations Millennium Development Goals partially address the problem. The Water for the Poor Act, signed into law in the United States on December 1, 2005 attempts to address the crisis though foreign aid programs.

The CEO Water Mandate is a voluntary undertaking by corporations such as the Coca-Cola Company and the Läckeby Water Group which have "agreed on a new cooperation model for the responsible management of water resources by companies."[1]

Charity:water "is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations."


  1. The CEO Water Mandate - An initiative by business leaders in partnership

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