Water in the U.S. Government

The United States is one of the largest bilateral donors to water and sanitation efforts. We invested over $953 million in fiscal year 2010 for all water-sector and sanitation-related activities in developing countries. These efforts include work from more than 20 U.S. government agencies sharing their knowledge and expertise in addressing international water challenges and regular contributions to UN organizations and multilateral development banks, including the World Bank.

Inter-Agency Water Working Group

The Inter-Agency Water Working Group (IWWG), led by U.S. Department of State (DOS, is the leading interagency working group for international water policy. The IWWG has been in existence since 2001, and meets monthly to discuss and coordinate USG strategy regarding global water issues. The IWWG benefits from active participation by 20 technical and military agencies, including Bureau of Reclamation, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Defense (DOD), Department of the Interior (DOI), Department of the Treasury, Department of Commerce (DOC), Environmental Protection Agency, International Boundary and Water Commission, U.S. Section (IWBC), Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), National Aeronautic and Space Agency (NASA), National Geo-Spatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Peace Corps, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), U.S. Forest Service (USFS) , and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Date: 03/22/2011 Description: Secretary Clinton, on behalf of 17 USG agencies and World Bank President Robert Zoellick sign MOU on Water Cooperation, March 22, World Water Day, 2011 - State Dept Image

Investment in International Water

The U.S. Government is working to build capacity for international water projects at the local, national, and regional levels and to strengthen capital markets and provide credit enhancements with the goal of mobilizing resources inside developing countries. These efforts will facilitate increased access to water related goods and services abroad, providing a strategic opportunity for private firms to bring their technical skills and capital to bear in addressing the challenges facing the water sector. More»

U.S. Government-World Bank Memorandum of Understanding:

On March 22, 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on water cooperation with the World Bank, on behalf of 17 agencies, with the goal of expanding joint efforts to create a more water-secure future for the world. This partnership will greatly enhance our collective and individual capacities to address the global water and sanitation challenges world-wide. Fact Sheet» Video»

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
  • United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR)
  • United States Geological Survey (USGS)
  • United States Trade Development Agency (USTDA)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture is a collaborating agency
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of the Interior
  • Department of State
  • Department of the Treasury
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Export Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank)
  • International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC), U.S. Section
  • Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)

U.S. Government Water Policy Briefs

03/18/11 U.S. Engagement on Water Issues; Washington, DC
03/04/11 U.S. Government Water Policy Brief; Washington, DC