Water Access Vital to US Foreign Interests, Congress Told

The video above gives Congressional statements and testimony about the role of water access in international disputes and security. The hearing was held Sept. 9, 2015, by the House Foreign Affair's Subcommittees on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International and on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher chaired the subcommittee.

"I believe the challenges of access to clean water, hygiene and sanitation can be conquered, and we have it within our grip, technologically and with amount of wealth in our societies to actually overcome this enormous challenge," Rohrabacher said. "If increasing access to clean water at the micro level helps people to be secure, it follows that their governments will be better able to find solutions to international water disputes."

Witnesses were: John Oldfield, CEO, WASH Advocates; Denis Bilodeau, 1st Vice President, Orange County Water District Board of Directors; and Dale Whittington, Ph.D, Professor, University of North Carolina.

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US House Foreign Affairs Committee