There is a growing tendency, despite its scarcity, to privatize this resource, turning it into a commodity subject to the laws of the market. Yet access to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right, since it is essential to human survival and, as such, is a condition for the exercise of other human rights.

Pope Francis, Laudato Si', 30

Touched by God’s mercy and compassion and fired by the inspiration of the Gospel and Catherine McAuley, Sisters of Mercy advocate for clean water rights for all, standing in solidarity with and working alongside those most affected.


‘Water is free beverage’ said our foundress Catherine McAuley. Her words challenge the Mercy family to recognise and publicly support others’ fundamental rights to water. Catherine also said ‘I never liked anything better than I now like a good drink of water’. We take action to ensure access to, protection  and preservation of fresh water for all living creatures, human as well as non-human.