News About Clean Water
Water for the gods now being conserved in temples –
An astrologer and social activist has turned the religious practice of offering water and milk in temples into a unique way of water conservation. Pandit Purushotam Gaur, known as Guruji, has developed water harvesting infrastructure in more than 300 temples in Rajasthan over the past 13 years. Gaur is harvesting the millions of gallons of water offered by devotees in Hindu temples that earlier used to literally go down the drain.
Lead found in water at 2 Navy child care sites –
The Navy conducted voluntary testing at nine child care facilities in the area and found that two of them - located at Norfolk Naval Station and at Joint Expeditionary Base Fort Story - had lead at doses higher than recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Water ETFs to Play Infrastructure Needs –
Water is reaching super-commodity status as it is always in demand and we rely upon a constant supply. As water infrastructure systems continue to age, the case for a water-focused exchange traded fund gets stronger, within a properly diversified portfolio.
Some Jersey City Schools’ Water Fountains Contaminated With Lead –
Between October 2012 and January 2013, 978 water outlets in Jersey City schools were tested for lead, including sites that had been closed since the first survey was done in 2010. Fourteen percent of those fountains and faucets -- about 140 -- contained lead contamination above federal environmental testing standards.
Jersey City school district reveals plan to deal with lead in water –
The Jersey City school district yesterday released an action plan that it says will lead to the remediation of all sinks and water fountains with elevated lead levels, the same day a cover story in The Jersey Journal reported that nearly 200 locations in the district have lead levels exceeding federal standards.
Federal judge rules EPA overstepped authority trying to regulate water as pollutant in Virginia –
U.S. District Judge Liam O'Grady in Alexandria ruled late Thursday that the EPA exceeded its authority by attempting to regulate stormwater runoff into a Fairfax County creek as a pollutant. O'Grady sided with the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, which challenged EPA's stormwater restrictions
"Stormwater runoff is not a pollutant, so EPA is not authorized to regulate it," O'Grady said.
Plastic Bottle Ban In Concord, Massachusetts Goes Into Effect –
Concord, Massachusetts has become one of the first communities in the U.S. to ban the sale of single-serving plastic water bottles.
According to the Associated Press, the plastic bottle ban resulted from a three-year campaign by local activists. The activists pushed to reduce waste and fossil fuel use.
‘Last Call’ movie argues a water crisis has arrived –
A water crisis is here, argue the makers of a documentary shown in Bay City last week. “Last Call at the Oasis” was inspired by the book “The Ripple Effect” by Alex Prud’homme and released in 2011. The film paints a dark picture of the state of water quality around the world. According to the film, half the world’s hospital beds are occupied by people with waterborne diseases. Of all the water on earth, less than 1 percent is fresh and available to drink, and 1 billion people are without access to safe drinking water.
Get The Lead Out Plumbing Consortium Highlight Impact of the Lead Free Law –
Members of the newly-formed Get The Lead Out Plumbing Consortium met on Nov. 9, 2012 with media representatives to highlight how the group is working together to explain the impact of the national “Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act” on the plumbing industry.
No-Lead Compliant Plumbing Products Q & A –
Overview of No-Lead Compliant Plumbing Products As Required By CA Health & Safety Code 116875 (previously AB1953) and Other Laws
PMI Praises California’s Lead Testing Results –
Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) members' products successfully passed the California Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC)'s first testing for reduced lead content in drinking water faucets, pipes and pipefittings. Read the news release by clicking here.
Where UNICEF’s money goes –
All the funds raised through the UNICEF Tap Project has gone toward UNICEF’s water, sanitation and hygiene programs. Since 2007, the UNICEF Tap Project has raised nearly $2.5 million for water and sanitation programs for children in Belize, the Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Guatemala, Haiti, Iraq, Togo and Vietnam. UNICEF is committed to finding cost-effective and environmentally sound solutions to all child survival threats, including those connected to water and sanitation. Read stories about how UNICEF has helped children gain access to lifesaving clean water and sanitation.
August 21 - August 27, 2011
World Water Week, Aug. 21-27 –
World Water Week is hosted and organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute and takes place each year in Stockholm. The theme for 2011 is "Water in an Urbanising World." A number of distinguished guests, including the 2011 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate, will deliver presentations, workshops, seminars and more. World Water Week also features several prestigious, world-renowned award ceremonies: Stockholm Water Prize, Stockholm Junior Water Prize, Stockholm Industry Water Award, Swedish Baltic Sea Water Award and Best Poster Award. Learn more by clicking here.
May 1 - May 7, 2011
Drinking Water Week: May 1-7 –
An opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives. YouTube video contest entries due May 30. Additional promotional tools and educational materials available through AWWA.
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Teens raise funds, awareness about water –
In Wilton, Connecticut, teenagers are tackling safe water issues. For one dollar, the cost of a donut, candy bar or a 12-ounce soda, UNICEF can provide a thirsty child with 40 days of clean drinking water. The fund has estimated that 4,100 children die every day from water-related diseases. Through a national UNICEF campaign called Tap Project, Emmeline George and her peers from Wilton High School raise funds to increase the access to safe water for children in developing countries. As well as distributing fliers and making announcements during school, the teenagers have been recruiting local restaurants to participate in World Water Week. From March 20 to 26, those restaurants will encourage their patrons to donate $1 for tap water, with proceeds from the campaign going specifically to support efforts in Togo, Central African Republic and Vietnam. In past events, proceeds from UNICEF's Tap Project have helped improve access to water in densely-populated villages in Cote d'Ivoire; improve water sanitation in Nicaragua; provide emergency response and improved water sanitation in Iraq; and fund clean water projects in the Toledo region of Belize.