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World Water Day 2015

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March 22  |  climate change, Editorial, global warming, News, Nutrition, Opinion, safe drinking water, water conservation, water preservation, water stewardship  |   Webmaster

World Water Day 2015

World Water Day logo

This year’s theme is Water and Sustainable Development

Visit http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/ for more details.

What does WATER mean to you?  Search #wateris and #WorldWaterDay

 

We spill it, drink it, bathe in it, cook with it, flush it, run it down the drain and the gutter, drench the lawn and wash the car with it.

While we waste perfectly good water and don’t give a second thought, the following statistics should be a sober wake-up call to all of us to be more respectful and conserving of this valuable resource.  Water is truly the lifeblood of our precious earth.

  • An astounding 1,400 children die every day from diseases linked to unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation.
  • Roughly 75% of all industrial water withdrawals are used for energy production.
  • There are 658 million people living without access to water in Africa.
  • By 2035, the global energy demand is projected to grow by more than one-third.
  • Diarrhea caused by inadequate drinking water, sanitation and hand hygiene kills an estimated 842,000 people every year globally, which is 2,300 people per day.
  • 750 million people lack access to clean water, which is over double the population of the United States.
  • 82% of those who lack access to improved water live in rural areas.

The water crisis is the number one global risk based on impact to society (as a measure of devastation) and the eighth global risk based on likelihood (likelihood of occurring within ten years), according to the World Economic Forum.

The UN says the planet is facing a 40% shortfall in water supply by 2030, unless the world dramatically improves the management of this precious resource.

This is the conclusion reached in the 2015 United Nations World Water Development Report, “Water for a Sustainable World” launched in New Delhi ahead of World Water Day on 22 March.

The theme of 2015 it’s about how water links to all areas we need to consider to create the future we want.

water in hands

Join the 2015 campaign to raise awareness of water and sanitation. You can also contribute on social media though the hashtags #WaterIs and #WorldWaterDay.

World Water Day is marked on 22 March every year. It’s a day to celebrate water. It’s a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues. It’s a day to prepare for how we manage water in the future.

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day. 22 years later, World Water Day is celebrated around the world every year, shining the spotlight on a different issue.

We invite you to do your own research and see how you can make a difference.  Following is a link to  a short video by the UN to get you started …

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1Zwd4B_Zqw

 

 

 

 

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Ontario Flooding

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May 5  |  Editorial, Latest News, Opinion, safe drinking water  |   Webmaster

Parts of the Assiniboine River, seen here in 2011, are experiencing higher-than-normal levels.

While the debate continues about global warming, many parts of central and northern Ontario are experiencing some of the worst flooding since 1985.  Regardless of the root cause, the sudden increase of summer-like temperatures across the province has brought a rush of snow melt, sparking flood alerts from Bracebridge and Muskoka to Sudbury, Timins and the James Bay area.  Evacuation orders and a state of emergency have been declared in many communities, especially First Nations Communities.  Similar situations also exist in parts of Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Failing water treatment plants, water run-off, sewer back-ups, and well water contamination have contributed to a drinking water crisis.  In emergency situations like this, people need access to safe, clean drinking water for their family, pets, and animals.

Our SolarBag is the ideal solution for this situations like this and we hope that people, agencies, and government take advantage of this eco-friendly, chemical-free, and easy to use product. Our thoughts, best wishes & prayers are with all of those affected.

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The People behind the Water Video

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May 5  |  Case Studies, Latest News, Research, safe drinking water  |   Webmaster

  Learn about the fascinating journey that water takes from the source, to our taps, and back to the source. This story is told through the eyes of BC Water & Waste Association members: the people who work to bring us clean, safe drinking water and protect the environment.   Please share this video with others in your workplace, classroom or home. You could even display it at an event during Drinking Water Week!  

The People Behind the Water Video

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BCWW Drinking Water Week

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May 5  |  Latest News, safe drinking water  |   Webmaster

BC Water & Waste Association invites you to Celebrate Drinking Water Week, May 13 – 19, 2012

Get to know your H2O.   http://www.drinkingwaterweek.org/

 

About Drinking Water Week

When you turn on your tap and clean, safe water comes out…   Do you ever stop to think about how it gets there and where it goes when you’re finished with it? BC Water & Waste Association and the Province of BC have proclaimed Drinking Water Week from May 13 – 19, 2012. We invite you to celebrate this exciting week by taking time to learn more about your water and how you can protect and conserve it.  Here in BC we often take our drinking water for granted, but it’s a finite resource – there is no such thing as ‘new’ water! Although the expenses may not be apparent, significant costs and energy are required to treat our drinking water to be clean and safe, deliver it to our taps, and manage the wastewater that goes down the drain. The demand for water is also increasing due to population growth, industry needs and climate change.   Our water in BC is of the highest quality – let’s celebrate it!  

British Columbia’s natural resources combined with its dedicated water and wastewater professionals allow us to enjoy high quality drinking water that is clean and safe.   To help raise awareness of our water, our water systems, and the many people who make it accessible for us, we have created a variety of educational activities and resources. We invite you to use these resources and pass them along to others. Many communities will also be holding tours of their local watersheds and treatment plants, and we encourage you to take the time to visit them. During Drinking Water Week 2012, we challenge you to ‘Get to Know Your H2O!’

 

Take the Challenge!

Take part in the BC Community Water Challenge! By pledging to take simple water wise actions in your daily life, you will be entered in a draw for our grand prize: a roundtrip for two on Helijet’s scheduled helicopter service between Victoria and Vancouver, and a 2-night stay plus dinner for two at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in Vancouver. Create your pledge now!

Visit the website and check out all the events and great resources: http://www.drinkingwaterweek.org/resources

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U.N. Water Report

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April 17  |  Latest News  |   Webmaster

 WHO, U.N.-Water Report Examines Access To Safe Drinking Water, Improved Sanitation

Monday, April 16, 2012

“Nearly 780 million people are deprived of safe drinking water — and 2.5 billion lack access to improved sanitation — all because governments aren’t spending scarce resources wisely, according to a joint report [.pdf] of the World Health Organization and U.N.-Water,” VOA News reports. Though “more than two billion people gained access to safe drinking water and 1.8 billion gained access to improved sanitation” between 1990 and 2010, billions of people still lack these basic services, the report noted, according to the news service.

“The data, collected from 74 developing nations, show countries suffering from a chronic lack of technicians, skilled labor and staff to operate and maintain sanitation and drinking water infrastructure,” VOA writes, adding, “The report says the total amount given in development aid for sanitation and drinking water increased by three percent — to $7.8 billion — from 2008 to 2010, but only half of that amount is allocated to regions where 70 percent of those lacking these services actually live: sub-Saharan Africa, Southern Asia and South-Eastern Asia” (Schlein, 4/12). According to a U.N.-Water press release, “Nearly 80 percent of countries recognize the right to water, and just over half of them the right to sanitation. Realizing the rights to water and sanitation may help targeting resources to unserved population and avoid discrimination in the provision of [water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)] services” (4/12).

 

For the full report (pdf), click here

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