Learn about the fascinating journey that water takes from the source, to our taps, and back to the source. This story is told through the eyes of BC Water & Waste Association members: the people who work to bring us clean, safe drinking water and protect the environment. Please share this video with others in your workplace, classroom or home. You could even display it at an event during Drinking Water Week!
BC Water & Waste Association invites you to Celebrate Drinking Water Week, May 13 – 19, 2012
Get to know your H2O. http://www.drinkingwaterweek.org/
About Drinking Water Week
When you turn on your tap and clean, safe water comes out… Do you ever stop to think about how it gets there and where it goes when you’re finished with it? BC Water & Waste Association and the Province of BC have proclaimed Drinking Water Week from May 13 – 19, 2012. We invite you to celebrate this exciting week by taking time to learn more about your water and how you can protect and conserve it. Here in BC we often take our drinking water for granted, but it’s a finite resource – there is no such thing as ‘new’ water! Although the expenses may not be apparent, significant costs and energy are required to treat our drinking water to be clean and safe, deliver it to our taps, and manage the wastewater that goes down the drain. The demand for water is also increasing due to population growth, industry needs and climate change. Our water in BC is of the highest quality – let’s celebrate it!
British Columbia’s natural resources combined with its dedicated water and wastewater professionals allow us to enjoy high quality drinking water that is clean and safe. To help raise awareness of our water, our water systems, and the many people who make it accessible for us, we have created a variety of educational activities and resources. We invite you to use these resources and pass them along to others. Many communities will also be holding tours of their local watersheds and treatment plants, and we encourage you to take the time to visit them. During Drinking Water Week 2012, we challenge you to ‘Get to Know Your H2O!’
Take the Challenge!
Take part in the BC Community Water Challenge! By pledging to take simple water wise actions in your daily life, you will be entered in a draw for our grand prize: a roundtrip for two on Helijet’s scheduled helicopter service between Victoria and Vancouver, and a 2-night stay plus dinner for two at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in Vancouver. Create your pledge now!
Visit the website and check out all the events and great resources: http://www.drinkingwaterweek.org/resources
WHO, U.N.-Water Report Examines Access To Safe Drinking Water, Improved Sanitation
Monday, April 16, 2012
“Nearly 780 million people are deprived of safe drinking water — and 2.5 billion lack access to improved sanitation — all because governments aren’t spending scarce resources wisely, according to a joint report [.pdf] of the World Health Organization and U.N.-Water,” VOA News reports. Though “more than two billion people gained access to safe drinking water and 1.8 billion gained access to improved sanitation” between 1990 and 2010, billions of people still lack these basic services, the report noted, according to the news service.
“The data, collected from 74 developing nations, show countries suffering from a chronic lack of technicians, skilled labor and staff to operate and maintain sanitation and drinking water infrastructure,” VOA writes, adding, “The report says the total amount given in development aid for sanitation and drinking water increased by three percent — to $7.8 billion — from 2008 to 2010, but only half of that amount is allocated to regions where 70 percent of those lacking these services actually live: sub-Saharan Africa, Southern Asia and South-Eastern Asia” (Schlein, 4/12). According to a U.N.-Water press release, “Nearly 80 percent of countries recognize the right to water, and just over half of them the right to sanitation. Realizing the rights to water and sanitation may help targeting resources to unserved population and avoid discrimination in the provision of [water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)] services” (4/12).
For the full report (pdf), click here