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Friday, May 29, 2009

El agua es un elemento indispensable

“El agua es un elemento indispensable y... [al] momento no podemos abandonar la atención a los mantos freáticos”. 

Nazario García Ramírez, dirigente del Frente Ecologista “Aguas San Felipe”.
Gobierno del Estado de Oaxaca 

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Blue Gold: World Water Wars

Imagine a world in which wars are fought over water, not oil. Blue Gold: World Water Wars, explains how corporate giants, private investors and corrupt governments fight for control of the world´s depleting water supply. From protests to lawsuits, citizens are fighting for the right to survive...

Monday, May 4, 2009

Reduce Your Water Use!

It wasn´t long ago we were hopping on our bikes and breezing our way to work, unable to fork over the $4+ a gallon for gasoline. Maybe the sun had us feeling a little extra ambitious during the summer of 2008, but the climbing gas prices certainly didn´t hinder our motivation to bike.

What kind of scenario do we need to boost our conversation of water?
We may be aware of the daily methods to conserve water (things like flushing the toilet only when necessary, turning off the faucet while brushing our teeth and taking shorter showers) that can reduce our household´s water consumption and the utility bill.

What else can we do?

As posted recently on Water for the Ages, a water audit is a helpful way to determine our household´s water consumption and the steps we can take to reduce it. Try this online audit, or this one...

While you´re conducting your audit, think about the following: We require between five and 13 gallons/day for our basic needs. Typically, individuals in developed nations use at least 40 gallons per day each. It isn´t difficult to see why. We use on average one gallon of water/min washing dishes in the kitchen sink, five gallons every toilet flush (1.6 low-flow), and 25 gallons every five minutes in the shower.

Join me and many others in conducting an audit and taking a pledge to reduce our water use!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Let´s Start with Schools

One of our first priorities for the target communities we work in is to provide filters free to schools. Access to potable water will better students´ working environments, allowing them to focus on their studies while enjoying safe, clean drinking water. We also hope to educate students about water, sensitizing them to current issues and providing hands-on activities that teach solutions.

A great place to search for water education resources is Schools Water Portal, a Website founded by Arghyam that provides comprehensive, captivating and fun activities for school-aged children. And best of all, the dozens of materials on projects such as rainwater harvesting are FREE. Educators around the globe are encouraged to use the presentations, quizzes, plays, debate topics, water stories and more, all focused on water.

Arghyam´s history of developing water management programs, trainings and solutions is impressive. Check out its other comprehensive Websites, India Water Portal and India Sanitation Portal.