Integrated Lake Conservation in India: Umiam Lake

Dropping water levels in Umiam (Barapani) Lake in the state of Meghalaya in northeast India are causing tension among competing water users. This lake was constructed as a reservoir for a hydroelectric project in the 1960s. It (and associated tributaries) provides water for power generation, agriculture, drinking water, and recreation. Not only does this lake […]

Schools Water Portal for Students, Teachers, and Everyone Else

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The new Schools Water Portal website promises to be one of the most comprehensive, progressive, and exciting compendium of free resources available for teaching about water. The website provides materials for students, teachers, principles, and schools. Others are encouraged use the materials, too. For example, how many schools do you know about in the United […]

Tap Project Radio: Music for Water, Music for Life

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To celebrate today – World Water Day – UNICEF has released Tap Project Radio. I was going to wait to tell you this in my formal post regarding World Water Day, but it’s too terrific to wait. Tune your computer dial to Tap Project Radio to listen to chill music and make a donation that […]

5th World Water Forum and the Alternative Water Forum

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Hello, friends. This post has been on my to-do list for about five days now. My apologies in the delay providing this information to you. If you haven’t heard, the 5th World Water Forum (WWF) is underway. It is hosted every three years on behalf of the World Water Council. This year the forum is […]

Tap Project 2009 – PSA-a-thon Series

Folks, it’s that time again. Time for another Public Service Announcement for the PSA-a-thon Series. Our fourth PSA in the series couldn’t be more timely. This PSA recognizes the upcoming TAP Project by UNICEF during World Water Week from March 22 to March 29, 2009. This project aims to raise money during the week in […]

YouthNoise DROP Campaign

Lately, I’ve been so busy with grad school that I’ve neglected my blog. Luckily, there are people like those over at the Youth Noise Drop Campaign still working tirelessly to improve global water and sanitation conditions.  Previously, I let you know that they were hosting a summit in NYC for young activists to learn more […]

Can you imagine?

Can you imagine if rainwater harvesting was as prevalent in the United States as in India? Bus stations and rail stations would be equipped with rainwater harvesting systems for sanitation and drinking water purposes. Commercials on televisions would promote rainwater harvesting. Cities would emphasize rainwater catchment as a part of development and growth. Government officials […]

International Year Of Sanitation 2008

The United Nations General Assembly declares 2008 the International Year of Sanitation. This declaration will assist progress on one of the eight Millennium Development Goals that aims to provide sanitation infrastructure to half of all people in the world without such by 2015. Several UN partners are supporting this measure including UNICEF, UNEP, UNDESA, UNDP, UN-Habitat, UN-Water, to name a few. Over 40% of […]

One Country’s Answer to Growing Water Shortages

India, out of necessity, has encouraged the construction of rainwater catchment systems throughout the country. This short public service announcement, produced by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) in India, highlights the importance of rainwater harvesting in the region. With rise of global population, changing seasonal weather patterns, and fluctuating economic conditions, rainwater catchment […]

Year of River Rejuvenation in India

Community-born environmental movements often bring about most significant change, particularly in countries with a lack of stringent environmental regulations. As in the Times of India, one of many examples is a grassroots driven river restoration project occurring in Bangalore, capitol of the state of Karnataka in India. Environmentalists in the region are staging a campaign […]

Hunger Strike to Save River: Brazil Bishop Luis Flavio Cappio

Bishop Cappio’s health is beginning to deteriorate, as he continues a 23-day hunger strike in a non-violent action against artificial diversion of the Sao Francisco River, fourth largest river in Brazil. Bishop Cappio began his fast on November 27, 2007. Initially, the diversion project on the river was denied by lower courts in Brazil, but […]

Rainwater Harvesting for all Household Needs

An industrious friend of mine is planning life off of the grid. She will grow her own food, utilize alternative forms of energy, and supply her own water (without having to dig a well). Recently she questioned, is it possible to provide water for a home using only rainwater? In my neighborhood in Washington, many people […]

Singapore: Water Technology Clearinghouse

Previously, on this water web-log, we have heard of Israel’s attempts to become the next “Silicon Valley” of water technology. Right on schedule, other investment minded countries are jumping on-board. Singapore has stepped-up with hopes of being a major water-technology provider for Asian countries, as reviewed on Earthtimes. The island of Singapore, south of Malaysia, […]

Water Crisis in Cyprus and Climate Change

The small island of Cyprus is facing a fourth year of drought, with water reservoirs dwindling dry at less than 9% of original capacity. As a recent article on Reuters indicates, climate change is thought to be linked to the continued parched conditions. Cyprus maintains a Mediterranean climate, with a rainy season between November and […]

Water Footprint and Virtual Water Trade

With the recent advent of climate change into mainstream media, most individuals are aware of a concept called a Carbon Footprint. If not, I will let you know briefly, a Carbon Footprint is a measure of how much C02 a person produces by lifestyle choices. However, less popular, but no less important, is the concept […]

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