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The Coca-Cola Company and USAID Expand Global Water Partnership
Date:3/22/2010

Water scarcity, degraded water quality, and lack of basic water and sanitation services present severe global challenges, especially to the world's poor. More than one billion people live without access to safe drinking water, and 2.6 billion people have no access to basic sanitation. The growing water shortage impedes human needs for food and economic activity and threatens the sustainability of communities and critical ecosystems. USAID and The Coca-Cola Company established WADA to help tackle these enormous challenges.

USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah emphasized the importance of the public-private partnership: "As it enters its fifth year, USAID's partnership with Coca-Cola showcases the potential of the U.S. Government to partner with the private sector to make a long-term impact on pressing global challenges.  By matching USAID's development expertise with the resources, capacities, and commitment of The Coca-Cola Company, we are making a positive impact on community water issues throughout the developing world."

Working with local partners in each country, WADA has addressed a myriad of local water challenges, helping more than 300,000 people gain access to sustainable sources of water for health and livelihoods.


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