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Inaugural U.S. WASH Convening to Address Water Access Gap, Bringing Together Over 200 Attendees from 100+ Organizations

Vessel™ Collective Leads Collaborative Effort to Ensure Clean Water and Sanitation for All Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Vessel™, a collective of national WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) organizations dedicated to addressing the water and sanitation crisis in the United States, is proud to host the inaugural U.S. WASH Convening from May 7-9 at the Hilton Washington DC National Mall The Wharf. This groundbreaking event comes on the heels of the Vice President’s historic acknowledgment that every person in the United States should have a right and the ability to have access to clean water as well as the White House Water Summit, which demonstrated the commitment to improving water and sanitation access across the nation.

Vessel™ launched in October 2023 to collaborate with several other prominent organizations doing domestic WASH work, including DigDeep, Water For People, the American Business Water Coalition (ABWC), the Center for Water Security and Cooperation (CWSC), the Community Engineering Corps, GreenLatinos, International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), IRC WASH, Johns Hopkins Center for Indigenous Health, Moonshot Missions, the Pacific Institute, Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP), the US Water Alliance, and Xylem.

The convening will bring together over 200 attendees from more than 100 organizations to discuss the challenges, opportunities, and solutions to closing the water access gap in the United States. More than 2 million people across the country live in households without running water or a flush toilet, and this event aims to foster collaboration and drive action to address this critical issue.

The three-day event will feature workshops, panels, and regional breakout groups, with strong representation from frontline communities. Attendees will have the opportunity to share their experiences, learn from experts in the field, and develop strategies for improving water access and sanitation across the country.

On the final day of the convening, attendees will participate in an education and advocacy day on Capitol Hill, meeting with lawmakers and government staff to discuss the importance of investing in water and wastewater infrastructure and ensuring that all Americans have access to clean water and sanitation.

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