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Co-founded by Matt Damon and Gary White, Water.org is a nonprofit organization that has transformed hundreds of communities in Africa, South Asia, and Central America by providing access to safe water and sanitation.

World Water Day was founded in 1993 by the United Nations. While different organizations use it to highlight the impact of water on one day, we use the entire week to lift up our mission: sustainable safe water access for the 780 million people currently without it. Our goal is to make this a reality in our lifetime. So let’s celebrate water, the progress that’s been made, and that progress we are continuing to make.

Capturing America, Fact by Fact

By    NYTimes Published: December 19, 2012

College graduates have less leisure time than high school dropouts. More people are injured on toilets than by skiing or snowboarding. More households have dogs as pets than cats, but cat lovers are more likely to have multiple pets. And more foreigners visited New York (9.3 million) than any other American city (Los Angeles was a distant second with 3.7 million).

Those facts are among the thousands gleaned from the 2013 edition of the Statistical Abstract of the United States, a compendium of figures that itself may go into the record books after being published by the government since 1878…

What is World Toilet Day?

World Toilet Day brings attention to the 2.5 billion people worldwide without access to adequate sanitation.

1 in 3 women worldwide risk shame, disease, harassment and even attack because they have nowhere safe to go to the toilet. Sanitation would make 1.25 billion women’s lives safer and healthier.

Consider donating to WaterAidAmerica

Standing over a small tank of water in a Brooklyn factory, Zbigniew Solecki plunged a gleaming faucet into the water, then shot air at 60 pounds per square inch into it. He watched for rising bubbles, a sign that an unseen fissure had, unacceptably, let the air stream out. It is a rite of passage that Mr. Solecki performs dozens of times a day.  “Every last piece is pressure-tested before it goes out the door to China,” said Jack Abel, the engineer who built the factory. “Or anywhere else.”

The Brooklyn company is the faucet manufacturer Watermark

Alice Water Smart is a $15 million project jointly funded through the Australian Government’sWater for the Future initiative through the National Water Security Plan for Cities and Townsprogram and the Alice Water Smart Consortium

It is a two year project that will help Alice Springs residents to reduce water use by 1600 million litres per year, equivalent to two months average water supply. Led by a consortium of government and community organisations, Alice Water Smart will help to drive smarter and more efficient use of water in homes, businesses, parks and gardens; and Alice Springs will become a role model for others to follow.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. To commemorate the legislation’s four decades of helping to protect our nation’s water resources, EPA invites you to submit a 15-second video containing only original content that describes the important role water plays in your life. Each video should include the phrase “Water is worth it because…,” but the rest is up to your creativity.

If somebody offers to sell you “Teflon tape” when you need plumber tape (or thread seal tape), they are wrong, mistaken or — worse — trying to mislead you.  To help you make an informed purchase, you should be aware that no plumber tape is authorized by DuPont to be sold as “Teflon tape”.

Here is the History of Plumbing Tape.

A Wisconsin study that shows a connection between viruses in drinking water and human illness is likely to have a national impact and could eventually lead to federal rules requiring treatment of all public water systems, according to experts.

A state law in Wisconsin that required treatment of all municipal drinking water systems in the state was rescinded by the Republican-controlled state Legislature a year ago. State Rep. Erik Severson, R-Star Prairie, sponsored an amendment that removed the requirement, arguing that the rule was an unnecessary financial and bureaucratic burden on communities with already strong water standards.

The EPA-funded study showed that:

  • All 14 communities studied during the two-year project had human viruses in their tap water. Of 1,204 samples, 287, or 24 percent, were virus positive.
  • The higher the virus concentration, the higher the rate of illness found in each community.
  • The type of virus found in drinking water most strongly related to illness was norovirus, the same virus notorious for causing outbreaks on cruise ships.
  • During one part of the study, when norovirus was very common in one community’s tap water, the proportion of illness in children younger than 5 years old attributable to their drinking water could have been as high as 63 percent.

 

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Vapors from soil contamination seeping into Monona Grove High School

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