About Us

Why we care

Today, one in 6 people lack access to safe, affordable water and the United Nations expects this number to rise.  Amid this crisis, some of the world’s wealthiest corporations–like Nestlé and Coca-Cola which bottle water and like Veolia which privatizes municipal water/sewer systems –are making a profit, at the expense of people and nature.

Water, like air, is a necessity of all life.  It is also, according to Fortune magazine, “One of the world’s great business opportunities.  It promises to be to the 21st century what oil was to the 20th.”  A vibrant international movement is challenging the corporate control of this precious resource, and defending water as a public good and an inalienable right.  Defending Water inCalifornia is part of this movement.


What We Do

  • Connect California communities that want to protect their water by asserting the rights of communities and nature over the rights of corporations
  • Advocate for the human right to water and the rights of nature in state law
  • Stand up to Nestlé and other corporations commodifying, polluting and depletingCalifornia’s water
  • Participate in the movement to protect our water inCalifornia, across the country and around the world
  • Build bridges with others who want to preserveCalifornia’s ecology
  • Make the links between the global water crisis, climate change and the importance of protectingCalifornia’s water


Who We Are

Western Coordinator  Nancy Price  nancy (at) defendingwater (dot) net

National Coordinator  Ruth Caplan   ruth (at) defendingwater (dot) net

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