Corporate initiatives to privatize, control, deplete or pollute fresh water around the world are intensifying, which raises sobering questions about fair access to an indispensable resource for life. The commons provides many constructive answers to this growing threat.

Image courtesy of the Great Lakes Commons

July 24, 2017

New Toolkit to Promote Water Commmons

Builds on the work of the Great Lakes Commons Charter

(By Laura Nawrocik under a Creative Commons license.)

February 17, 2016

Can We Trust Our Drinking Water?

Is Flint's tragedy a rare exception, or the sign of a systemic breakdown in US water utilities?

Image courtesy of Milwaukee Water Commons 

July 24, 2015

The Water That Made Milwaukee Famous

The new group Milwaukee Water Commons sets 8 goals for sustainability, equity and community

(By Mary Crandall under a Creative Common license)

May 19, 2015

Your Land and My Land is Getting Fracked

Water contamination, earthquakes and climate change all show why fracking should be banned on public lands

Drinking water for New York City is protected by strict land use policies in places far from the city. (By David Leip under a CC license.)

January 6, 2015

An Unexpected Success Story Links Our Health to Wild Lands

Conservation policies ensure both safe drinking water and ecological preservation

Judges appraise the quality of tap water from various US communities at the 133rd annual conference of the American Water Works Association.

July 14, 2014

Why Boston Brags About the Tastiest Tap Water in the US

Watershed protection, not filtration plants, make them the winner

Charity Hicks was at the forefront of many campaigns for justice, the environment and the commons.

July 11, 2014

Remembering Charity Hicks, Ardent Advocate of People's Right to Water

Detroit leader played big role in movements for food security, environment and the commons
June 23, 2014

Commons Social Charter Engages Everyone to Protect the Great Lakes

The Great Lakes Commons introduces the charter and a new website

Detroit's recovery will lose ground if thousands of people are run out of their homes after the city shuts off the water.(Photo by S.J. Carey under a Creative Commons license)

June 11, 2014

International Human Rights Violations in Detroit

Thousands of people face water shut-offs as part of privatization strategy