A Drop in the Bucket07.22.19 —  The Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) at Northeastern University School of Law has released its fourth publication in a series on the human right to water. “A Drop in the Bucket" looks at water affordability and its impact in twelve Massachusetts communities, including Boston, Brockton, Cambridge, Lawrence, Lowell, New Bedford, Springfield, Somerville, Quincy and Worcester, and finds that there are significant policy variations between water jurisdictions. The report is the product of a collaboration between PHRGE and the interdisciplinary research team for the “Public Health and the Right to Affordable Water” project, funded by a TIER 1 seed grant from Northeastern University.

“Massachusetts has the eighth highest income gap between rich and poor in the nation," wrote Professor Martha Davis, lead author on the report, in an opinion piece for WBUR's Cognoscenti. "We can’t afford to ignore the impact of rising water prices on the state’s low-income residents. The United Nations has repeatedly recognized that affordable water and sanitation are human rights. We all know that they are basic human needs."

Professor Davis will present the findings of the report at a closed meeting of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in Washington, DC, on July 31. 

This is PHRGE’s fourth publication in a series on the human right to water. The other publications are:  


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