Pani Haq Samiti (PHS) is a people’s campaign for Universal Access to Water. PHS members over the last decade have been actively involved in informal settlements across Mumbai towards getting water access to communities denied this right. PHS strives to educate and create public opinion to support the re-establishment of water as a common resource for the city while opposing privatisation of water supply and distribution. PHS believes every human being has a responsibility to protect and conserve water.
A world where every living being protects, conserves and equitably uses water.
To protect the fundamental right to water by equipping people with the perspective, knowledge and skills to engage and advocate for the protection, conservation and equitable use of water as a common resource.
Our destiny is unequivocally interlinked with the larger ecological system of the planet. Water is the prerequisite for all forms of life on earth and hence, it is common to all. Every living being has the same natural right over water as us, humans. Since water is the source of life we strongly believe that it shall not be the subject of commodification by any means in any form. Historically, water has been used as an instrument of discrimination and exclusion by social institutions. A just and equitable society cannot be imagined without the just and equitable distribution of water. Hence, natural right to water must be protected and promoted for the full realisation of human rights. Right to water is a fundamental precondition for the realisation of all other human rights Civilizations across the world have borne and flourished along the water systems and water has been the constituent element of the same.

August 8, 2021, Pani Haq Samiti’s work was the subject of Scroll.In’s award-winning ‘Eco-India’ series. See More.



PHS engages with forums on water at the state, national and international level. By collaborating with a wider network of like-minded organisations, PHS is simultaneously working towards strengthening the national discourse on the human right to water.

PHS is a part of the National Platform Against Water Privatisation (NPAWP) at the national level and the Lokabhimukh Pani Dhoran Sangharsh Manch – an alliance which is active in the state of Maharashtra.


PHS believes in collaboration and partnership with the community to further its objectives. PHS imparts leadership training and capacity building to sustain the movement to secure the universal right to water. Community representatives are given basic training in perspective building,  leadership development, digital literacy and governance. These have helped communities understand the functioning of the water department in MCGM to be able to deal with it in an effective manner.

Research and Advocacy

At every stage, PHS compliments its work in communities with relevant research and In addition, PHS also conducts independent needs assessment studies in different areas to strengthen their cause and work.

Current Engagements

At every stage, PHS compliments its work in communities with relevant research and In addition, PHS also conducts independent needs assessment studies in different areas to strengthen their cause and work.


Communities Engaged

Volunteers Involved

Organizations In Network

Community Activist



2 days ago

Savitri Medhatul
Yesterday at We Need You Society on the occasion of our 8th annual puraskar program we celebrate work done by 3 activists and their organisations. We were honoured to have well known Marathi writer and Chairperson of 75th Marathi Sahitya Sammelan Bharat Sasne. The Puraskar were given to Working towards social justice Sitaram Leelabai Gangaram Shelar and Pani Haq Samiti Working towards accessible sex education Arti Naik Working beyond the call of duty Dr Prashant Thorat We also celebrated Madu Mohite for his contribution towards grassroot social movement and his work over past 5 decades. Many congratulations to all the awardees, and a big thank you to all who came to support us. May your tribe grow.Zindabad! ... See MoreSee Less
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साहित्यरत्न, लोकशाहीर अण्णाभाऊ साठे यांना स्मृतिदिनानिमित्त विनम्र अभिवादन!🌸🌸

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