Seven graphics explain the state of the world’s water resources

To recognize the importance of water for everything we do, we compiled seven graphics that explain the state of the world’s vital water resources.

Every person on Earth should have access to reliable water supplies. Water is essential for sanitation, hygiene and daily survival, but in some places conflict over water is becoming more commonplace.

Human Activity is Changing Water Distribution

Half of the surface water in some countries has been depleted between 1984 and 2015, according to an analysis of satellite imagery from the European Commission Joint Research Centre. However, about twice as … [more…]

Can Providing Bathrooms to Homeless Protect California’s Water Quality?

Can Providing Bathrooms to Homeless Protect California’s Water Quality?

Photo: A homeless camp set up along the Sacramento River near downtown Sacramento. (Source: Water Education Foundation)

Western Water In-Depth: The Connection Between Homelessness And Water Is Gaining Attention Under California Human Right To Water Law And Water Quality Concerns

Each day, people living on the streets and camping along waterways across California face the same struggle – finding clean drinking water and a place to wash and go to … [more…]

Dirty water 20 times deadlier to children in conflict zones than bullets – Unicef

Dirty water 20 times deadlier to children in conflict zones than bullets – Unicef

World Water Day study highlights lethal nature of unsafe sanitation and hygiene for children, especially under-fives

Children under five who live in conflict zones are 20 times more likely to die from diarrhoeal diseases linked to unsafe water than from direct violence as a result of war, Unicef has found.

Analysing mortality data from 16 countries beset by long-term conflict – including Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Yemen – the UN … [more…]

Six water companies back sanitary disposal bag initiative

Six water companies back sanitary disposal bag initiative

Six of the UK’s major water companies have joined an initiative to distribute disposal bags which encourage customers to put sanitary items in the bin rather than flushing them.

Anglian Water, Severn Trent Water, Southern Water, Welsh Water, Northern Ireland Water and Yorkshire Water are now offering FabLittleBag to their customers as part of their education campaigns to reduce the millions spent each year on clearing fatbergs and other sewer … [more…]

Women’s Day: Access to water crucial to emancipating women – AWWASHNet

Women’s Day: Access to water crucial to emancipating women – AWWASHNet

Photo: According to gender roles, women are responsible for domestic chores, including food production, cooking, cleaning, caring for the children, and fetching water. Photo credit: projecthavehope.org

As the world commemorates the 2019 International Women’s Day, the Africa Women Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Network (AWWASHNET) has urged women and gender rights groups to continue challenging water privatisation plans in the country including the International Women’s Day (PPP) plans spearheaded by the … [more…]