Manual of the Human Rights to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation for Practitioners
Since the recognition, in 2010, of access to safe drinking water and sanitation as Human Rights by the Member States of the United Nations, important progress has been made in terms of policy formulation, legislation and regulation. In an increasing number of countries, these rights are being enshrined in national Constitutions. Yet, within these legal and regulatory frameworks, a range of actors have to play a role in ensuring the universal enjoyment by all rights-holders of access to safe, affordable, acceptable, and reliable water and sanitation services. What are these concrete actions and who should undertake them? To provide guidance on the roles and responsibilities for everyone who contributes to the progressive realization of the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation (HRWS), and on how the human rights principles and actions can be incorporated into their essential functions, the International Water Association has developed the Manual of the Human Rights to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation for Practitioners.