World Water Week

Each year a conference focusing on world water needs is held in Stockholm. This year it happens to be the last week of August, through the first couple of days in September. Their official Website says, “World Water Week in Stockholm is the annual focal point for the globe’s water issues. It is organized by SIWI.” (Stockholm International Water Institute) The theme this year is Water for Sustainable Growth.”

Access to clean water is a major problem for too many people. I know there are many groups taking on this issue, but let me highlight just one, Friendly Water for the World. What they do is build BioSand Water Filters. From their site: “BioSand Filters stand 40 inches tall, and 12 inches wide on each side. The Filter container is made of concrete and filled with layers of specially selected and washed sand and gravel. BioSand Filters remove pathogens and suspended solids from contaminated water using biological and mechanical processes that take place on the surface of and in the sand column.” In areas where these are used, water-borne diseases are practically wiped out. The filters remove:

  • Up to 98.5% of bacteria
  • Up to 100% of worms
  • Up to 100% of protozoa and amoebae
  • Up to 99% of viruses

Even better, the group teaches the indigenous people to create the filters, so the project multiplies naturally. Full disclosure – I support this group as I can. They work in developing countries, but as the Flint Water Crisis has shown, we still have much work to do here in the States as well. So I urge you to get involved in some way in water issues. It’s such a fundamental thing!


Quotes about drinking water

When the well is dry, we learn the worth of water.–Benjamin Franklin

Rain is a blessing when it falls gently on parched fields, turning the earth green, causing the birds to sing.–Donald Worster

We have the ability to provide clean water for every man, woman and child on the Earth. What has been lacking is the collective will to accomplish this. What are we waiting for? This is the commitment we need to make to the world, now.–Jean-Michel Cousteau

Water links us to our neighbor in a way more profound and complex than any other.–John Thorson

Globalization was supposed to break down barriers between continents and bring all peoples together. But what kind of globalization do we have with over one billion people on the planet not having safe water to drink?–Mikhail Gorbachev

Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.–W. H. Auden

Clean water, the essence of life and a birthright for everyone, must become available to all people now.–Jean-Michel Cousteau

We need a new global culture that finds the existence of millions of thirsty people thoroughly and immediately unacceptable.–Jean-Michel Cousteau

Water is critical for sustainable development, including environmental integrity and the alleviation of poverty and hunger, and is indispensable for human health and well-being.–United Nations

We’ve poisoned the air, the water, and the land. In our passion to control nature, things have gone out of control. Progress from now on has to mean something different. We’re running out of resources and we are running out of time.–Robert Redford

Water is one of the most basic of all needs — we cannot live for more than a few days without it. And yet, most people take water for granted. … Over 2 million people die each year because of unsafe water – and most of them are children!–Robert Alan Silverstein

Water is the most basic of all resources. Civilizations grew or withered depending on its availability.–Dr. Nathan W. Snyder

Water is life’s mater and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.–Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

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