Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach

Action Alert to Support Water for the World Act of 2013

September 3, 2013


Ensure Clean Water for God’s Most Vulnerable People

“It is necessary to cultivate a public conscience that considers access to water and universal rights of all human beings, without distinction or discrimination.” – Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas en Veriate

The Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2013 will be one of the top legislative priorities of Congress upon their return from August Recess. This is a bi-partisan, common-sense piece of legislation that will expand on programs already in place from the Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2005, bringing fresh water and sanitation programs, and ways of monitoring their effectiveness, to vulnerable populations all over the globe.

Download a sample letter to mail to your Representative calling for her or him to cosponsor the Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2013. Find your representative’s email and fax at   The Water for the World Act will:

  1. Support U.S. WASH Programs that build on resources already in place: The Water for the World act enhances our ability to improve the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) facilities around the world.
  2. Support U.S. international development assistance to our most vulnerable brothers and sisters: Supporting access to water, the basis of all life, gives an enhanced means of survival for those who need it most.
  3. Recognize that access to water improves the global economy: By investing in WASH programs, we are giving people the chance to  become educated and attain a job to support their families instead of spending the majority of time collecting water.
  4. Make improvements to national security by supporting WASH: Water for the World legislation would seek to diffuse conflicts by making access to water a reality for communities facing conflict.

Email or fax your representative to support the Paul Simon Water for the World 2013 Act with this sample letter. Find your Representative’s contact information by visiting Once on their webpage, you can email your Representative by clicking on the “Email Me” link and going through the steps or fax the letter directly your Representative’s District of Columbia office. It is essential that our Representatives know that as people of faith, we support water as a basic human right for all of our brothers and sisters throughout the world.