In Michigan, water is a shared commons and part of the public trust which preserves water for public uses. We are far from alone in this belief. The United Nations declared the human right to water and sanitation in 2010. Neither the United States government, nor the state of Michigan, recognize this right as of today.
However, a number of senators have been fighting to establish a human right to water in Michigan. The PWB continues to work with state lawmakers to pass human right to water legislation in Michigan.
The People’s Water Board Coalition advocates for the human rights to water and sanitation and equitable access and affordability for impacted communities.