The Human Right to Water Bill in California

UC Berkeley’s International Human Rights Law Clinic releases new report, “The Human Right to Water Bill in California: An Implementation Framework for State Agencies”.  

On September 12, 2012, Governor Brown signed AB 685, making California the first state in the nation to legislatively recognize the human right to water.  AB 685 aims to ensure universal access to safe water by declaring that “every human being has the right to safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water.”  The report is directed primarily at state agencies tasked with implementing AB 685. It draws on domestic and international law to map when state agencies should consider the human right to water, what factors they should consider, and how they should advance the human right to water. 

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UC Berkeley’s International Human Rights Law Clinic
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right to water, California, AB 685