Too many Pacific people continue to live without access to safe and resilient water supply and sanitation and with disproportionately high exposure to the water-related risks of disaster and climate change. Data gathered in Pacific Island Countries indicate that approximately half of the Pacific population lives without basic drinking water facilities and more than two-thirds live without basic sanitation. These numbers are heavily driven by the region's significant rural and outer island populations that live outside the reach of reticulated water services and face serious water security challenges compared to their urban counterparts. While every country in the region is active in improving the water security of their vulnerable communities, in many cases, these efforts need to catch up with the pressures of population growth and movement, disaster setbacks and the accelerating impacts of climate change. While the cost of action is high, it is far less than the cost of inaction.

The BRAC aims to improve regional engagement, cooperation and action on Water Security in the Pacific as a critical component of Pacific Resilience.