Booklet: Blue Communities Project Guide

A “blue community” is one that adopts a water commons framework by taking the three actions outlined in this guide.

A water commons framework treats water as a common good that is shared by everyone and the responsibility of all. Because water is central to human activity, it must be governed by principles that allow for reasonable use, equal distribution and responsible treatment in order to preserve water for nature and future generations.

The Blue Communities Project calls on communities to adopt a water commons framework by:

  1. Recognizing water and sanitation as human rights.
  2. Banning or phasing out the sale of bottled water in municipal facilities and at municipal events.
  3. Promoting publicly financed, owned and operated water and waste water services.

This guide provides information and resources to help you achieve these goals.

Read the new version of the Blue Communities’ Project Guide and the U.S. Great Lakes below!