Everything you need to know about water

photo: water faucet

In developing countries, 20 litres of water is enough to meet basic drinking, cooking and hand washing needs. Image: REUTERS/Aly Song

Water is one of the most valuable resources on Earth. It covers over two thirds of the planet’s surface, makes up around 70% of the human body and is essential for life. For many people a consistent supply of clean, safe water is on tap. But for many others … [more…]

Kanas villagers make water safe through simple interventions

Kanas villagers make water safe through simple interventions

Iron removal plants have made tube well water potable, reducing water-borne diseases drastically. (Photo by Rakhi Ghosh)

Soudamini Palai of Ogalpur village in Kanas administrative block of Puri district is happy that her 5-member family now gets sufficient safe water for drinking, with no effort. But, a few years ago things were quite different. It was a strenuous work for the women of the village to provide clean drinking water

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‘If there’s no water, what’s the point?’ Female farmers in Arizona

Arizona has the highest proportion of female farmers – but conditions in this dry desert landscape aren’t easy, and rural isolation has created a tapestry of challenges

By 9am, it’s already 100F (38C). In the desert afternoons, rain gathers on the horizon, teasing – and then it disappears. There is so much heaviness, so much waiting. I pulled on to the ranch of Anastasia Rabin with Audra Mulkern, a Washington-based … [more…]

Why Water?

video: Why water? educational non-profit

From the respected folks at charity: water.

663 million people on our planet drink dirty and dangerous water. Actually, they don’t just drink it, they work for it. They invest hours every day. And not only does it keep them out of school, or take up time that they could be using to earn money for their family, it also kills them.

That’s not an exaggeration. Diseases from unsafe water … [more…]

Ojibwe Grandmother has walked 17,000 km to raise consciousness about water

Ojibwe Grandmother has walked 17,000 km to raise consciousness about water

"She takes care of the Lifeblood of Mother Earth – water." A First Nations elder who has "walked the equivalent of half the earth’s circumference" to build awareness about pollution, laws, fracking, and the selling of the water, is being honoured today in Toronto. Josephine Mandamin received the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation at a ceremony held at Queen’s Park.

Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick … [more…]