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Congress allocates $400 million for WASH

This represents an increase of over $17 million for WASH-related programs.
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Dec 18, 2015

WaterAid is celebrating the Congressional increase of appropriations for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). The long awaited spending bill was passed on December 18, 2015 by both chambers and will fund U.S. government operations until September 2016.

The Omnibus has allocated $400 million for WASH, pursuant to the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005, for Fiscal Year 2016. This represents an increase of over $17 million for WASH programs that could potentially provide at least 170,000 more people with safe water and hygienic toilets. This increase signifies that the U.S. government recognizes the importance of WASH activities to eradicating poverty, safeguarding maternal and child health, improving nutrition, and creating resilient communities.

This year has been full of global shifts with the adoption of the Global Goals and the climate agreement in Paris. In coming years, as countries around the world move to implement these global agreements, the U.S. must continue to send a strong message that it intends to take these commitments seriously. The increase to WASH funding is an important step, since WASH underlies so many elements of the global commitments the US Government has recently endorsed. It is critical that this commitment to WASH, and related areas of health and development, continue to strengthen in coming years.