The Water Scarcity Call to Action identifies solutions and develops CGI Commitments to Action to address water availability and quality issues across the globe, including industrial and agricultural water use, contamination of water supplies, and lack of access to clean water for under-served communities.

Water covers 70 percent of the earth, yet accessible freshwater makes up only three percent of this precious resource. It is estimated that total global water consumption is doubling every 20 years, with industry using 22 percent of the world’s current water resources and agriculture using 70 percent. The amount of wastewater produced globally each year is approximately six times more than the total amount of water that exists in all of the world’s rivers. According to the World Health Organization, 750 million people worldwide do not have access to safe drinking water, and approximately 2.5 billion people lack access to basic sanitation facilities—both of which disproportionately impact women and children.

This Call to Action will bring CGI members together to address water scarcity through multiple approaches at different scales— including interventions at the regional, watershed, corporate, and community levels.


  • Access to Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) in Under-Served Communities
  • Industrial and Agricultural Water Supply Chains
  • Watershed Management for Economic Development
  • Pollution of Rivers, Lakes, Streams, and Groundwater
  • Linking Watersheds to WASH
  • Innovative Financing 


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