UC Student Workers Union Letter of Solidarity with Detroit Water Activists

[Reposting this open letter written by my union of student workers at University of California. UAW 2865 is formed of teaching assistants, tutors, and other student workers. This letter was shared with UAW Local 22, UAW Local 600, UAW Local 2865, the Detroit People’s Water Board, the office of Detroit Water and Sewage Department Emergency […]

Empowerment and Gender Equality in Water and Sanitation: What does it mean? What does it matter?

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If you know of work done by non-profit or governmental organizations globally, you have likely heard the words –  empowerment and gender equality. Groups worldwide use these terms in apparent pursuit of more equitable water and sanitation projects ranging from entrepreneurship to provision. When first exposed to these terms during my master’s studies in 2010, I […]

What kind of world do we want after 2015?

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Sometimes it can feel difficult to make our voices heard on this big planet. But I just found out about a new website created by the United Nations with civil society groups to collect ideas for solving global poverty problems [including water and sanitation] after 2015. It’s called The World We Want 2015. Like the […]

Talking Poo with You: World Toilet Summit 2012

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It seems a little progress is being made in getting the world to talk poo. Some people know that 2.5 billion humans lack safe access to toilets and over 4,000 kids die each day from diarrhea illnesses linked with poor sanitation. Fewer people understand toilet issues affect everybody either in natural disasters or through types […]

Water and Food – PSA-a-thon Series

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In honor of this year’s World Water Week and World Water Day themes of Water and Food Security, it’ll be fun to see some Public Service Announcements conveying a similar message. It was actually a bit difficult to find them on this topic. The first PSA was posted on AlertNet not long ago. In a […]

Abuello Grillo vs. The World

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Words aren’t needed when watching this animation convey water justice issues using universal languages of imagery and sound. This animation was created at The Animation Workshop by a group of animators from Bolivia, a French director, music from Bolivia, and others from Mexico and Germany. It features Abuello Grillo (or Grandmother Cricket). Her melodic voice […]

#wwweek Talk Brief: Sanitation and Water for All

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The first event I tuned to was the Sanitation and Water for All: Global Decision-makers Unite on WASH talk. Volunteering with PHLUSH, I wanted to get some info on global sanitation initiatives, and I liked the way this group includes sanitation first in their title. The Sanitation and Water for All partnership is over 80 […]

The Case for Pay Toilets (in Portland, Oregon)

This is an opinion piece on pay toilets. It was written for the PHLUSH blog in response to an article published in the Portland Mercury called When You Gotta Go. This post talks about my experiences using pay toilets in Europe, and it suggests a similar model could be implemented in Portland, Oregon. A recent […]

Water for the Ages Gets a Brand New (out)Look

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Start: In September 2007, I decided to create a blog to better understand global water problems with the hope of finding solutions. I built the Water for the Ages blog as a place to compile water-related information and write posts about global water issues. This blog also surprisingly became a place to communicate with other […]

College Students Take Big Strides to Conserve Water

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The average person in the U.S. uses anywhere between 80 and 100 gallons a day, and Columbia Gorge Community College [where I now work where I used to work] is no exception. The college used an average of 1,880 gallons a day for irrigation, drinking water, and sanitation purposes at the Hood River campus last […]

Detail Talk Blog: H20 in India and Beyond

My dear friend Praveena continues to inspire me with her devotion to improve the quality of life for people in our world. Herself and her friends, Sachin and Prateek, recently started a thought-provoking blog called Detail Talk based out of South India. This blog, like their film company Bhoomi Productions, is linked to their interests […]

20 Water Facts (by Charity Water)

Another humbling visual reminder brought to you by Charity Water.

10 Facts on Women and Water

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Women and children fetch the majority of water for household uses in rural areas. Often this keeps them from attending school or working at a job. The average distance that women and children walk for water in Africa and Asia is six kilometers (3.7 miles). Women carry heavy loads of water (about 20 liters) on […]

Water for the Ages in India: Impressions of H20 in Bangalore

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Thursday was my first day in Bengaluru (aka Bangalore). Before arriving, it was impossible for me to comprehend the size of the city. Bangalore is huge with a population of around 6.5 million people. This is the largest city that I have ever visited, and there are people, buildings, and vehicles everywhere. Quickly I am […]

My Soon-to-be Journey to India: An Arghyam Internship

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Life has been bustling as I prepare for an internship in India. This year, I was accepted for an internship with Arghyam – an NGO that works on water and sanitation projects across India – in Bangalore. This internship is part of my master’s studies at Oregon State University (my major is Water Resources Policy […]

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