“Water is life.”

Although the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR, 1948) does not explicitly mention water, Article 25 proclaims “everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate of the health and well-being of himself and of his family.”  In July 2010 the UN General Assembly declared “the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of the right to life.”[1] Many conditions threaten this right, including global warming, increased population, rising consumption, and mismanagement of natural resources.