Water gave rise to cities and civilizations across the globe. Without safe and sufficient supplies, our communities simply cannot thrive.

NRDC advocates for smarter water policies that promote water efficiency and improve water management in communities across the United States. We are building support for national runoff pollution controls and developing technology, plans, and financing for green building projects. In a time of increasing water scarcity, we also champion efforts to increase water use efficiency and reduce water waste in cities across the country.

What We're Doing

Policy Solution

More frequent droughts means our water supplies are at risk. We push for rapid, cost-effective actions that can save water on a large scale.

Policy Solution

We promote infrastructure plans that transition us to clean energy, address the changing climate, create jobs, and remedy the negative legacy of the past.

Policy Solution

Families can save about 11,000 gallons of water a year by making a few simple changes. We tell them how.

Related Priorities

What You Can Do

Green Infrastructure: How to Manage Water in a Sustainable Way

By relying on plants, soil, and natural systems to manage rainfall runoff, green infrastructure tackles urban water woes and boosts climate resilience. Here’s how.

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Experts & Resources