The National Drinking Water Alliance:
Who We Are, What We Do, & Why You Should Care By Christina Hecht, PhD
Drinking water has been in
the news a lot recently: healthy hydration and tap water safety are popular topics. Water is the business of IBWA members—and, in a sense, it’s also the business of the National Drinking Water Alliance (NDWA). A network of organizations and individuals, NDWA is working to ensure that all children in the United States can drink safe water in the places where they live, learn, and play. NDWA is proud to have the International Bottled Water Association as an active ally.
water researchers and advocates with stakeholders from industry, government agencies, and professional organizations, including IBWA. During the convening, a consensus developed for a coordinated network that, working together with a shared mission, would leverage our independent efforts and, thereby, most effectively increase drinking water consumption. Participants agreed that we would focus on children and that the Alliance would promote water “in all its forms”: tap, filtered, and bottled.
NDWA grew out of a national convening, hosted by the Nutrition Policy Institute of the University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, in 2015. The meeting brought together drinking
Since then, NDWA has grown to include a wide range of allies across the United States. NDWA is now a collective impact-type effort coordinated by the Nutrition Policy Institute at the University of California, with primary funding from
the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which, as described on its website (www.wkkf.org) “works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work, and life.” NDWA allies work through four primary levers—research, policy and advocacy, access, and education and promotion—to build tap water safety and promote consumption of drinking water. Below is a brief status report on drinking water safety, access and promotion, and some of NDWA's activities.
Ensuring and Assuring Tap Water Safety Most tap water in the United States is safe to drink. However, whether from