About

The righttowater.info website was set up in 2003 by WaterAid, Rights and Humanity, the Centre for Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) and Freshwater Action Network. It provided an information portal on how the rights to water and sanitation could be interpreted from human rights law seven years before the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation was explicitly affirmed as a human right in international law.

In light of the significant developments in the field of the rights to water and sanitation made since the site was created, the site was restructured in 2010. Sometime after this, WASH United and End Water Poverty (EWP) joined as partners on the site.

In 2013 the active partners on the site undertook another major revision of the content. This coincided with the development of the Handbook by the Special Rapporteur on the human rights to water and sanitation, which is currently hosted on the site.

As COHRE closed in 2011, it is no longer listed as a partner. Similarly, Rights and Humanity has closed its office in UK and is currently not listed as a member of the site.

Current partners of the site are therefore End Water Poverty, FAN, WASH United and WaterAid.

You can use this website to:

  • find out more about why the recognition of water and sanitation as human rights is key to achieving universal access to safe water and sanitation
  • learn more about what progress has been made in getting the rights recognised and what impact recognition has made so far
  • discover ways in which you can get involved
  • how to use the rights-based approach in your advocacy work
  • read about all the latest developments