While the concept of no access to clean water or sanitation likely conjures an image of a community in a developing country where residents use outhouses, and walk miles carrying buckets of water just to meet basic needs, the problem is not limited to those communities. In the United States, one of the world’s wealthiest countries, millions struggle to access clean water or adequate sanitation, and that struggle comes in the form of various diverse challenges.
The struggles of communities that are most prone to water access challenges are often overlooked and their voices not heard; thus, many of the water and sanitation access challenges in this country are not being addressed in a comprehensive way. However, there is also much research and good work being done in this area, with many groups on the ground and on a policy level trying to address access issues by working directly with affected individuals. Additionally, utilities and local governments are investigating ways to finance solutions to these challenges.